Memorial Service for Dr. William (Bill) Carter Jenkins

5 Apr

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Friday, April 5, 2019  |  6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Morehouse College

The Shirley A. Massey Executive Conference Center

830 Westview Drive, SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30314


Saturday, April 6, 2019  |  12:00 Noon

Morehouse College

Martin Luther King, Jr, International Chapel

830 Westview Drive, SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30314

In lieu of flowers please contribute in memory of William (Bill) Carter Jenkins PhD MPH to the Jenkins Institute ( previously known as Jenkins Orphanage, founded December 16,1891 by Bill’s great uncle Reverend Daniel Joseph Jenkins.

M. Smith-McNeal Funeral Home & Chapel

843 722-3676


Celebrating the Life & Legacy of Dr. William (Bill) C. Jenkins

17 Feb

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It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of our beloved founder Dr. William (Bill) Carter Jenkins.  He passed in the company of family and friends on February 17, 2019. This is an incredible loss for the Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI), Morehouse College, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health as well as the fields of public health and epidemiology in general. For nearly five decades, Dr. William “Bill” Jenkins has devoted himself to eliminating racial/ethnic health disparities and expanding opportunities for racial/ethnic minorities to enter and succeed in careers in biostatistics and epidemiology.

As an unabashed voice for the elimination of disparities, Dr. Jenkins unapologetically, challenged rhetoric and practice that would perpetuate the misnomer that race (rather than racism) is the cause for the unjust and inequitable prevalence of disparate health outcomes forced upon racial/ethnic minorities. In addition, Dr. Jenkins was a caring mentor with a heart for the mentorship of students, student leaders and early career researchers and professionals.

Without his founding vision and direction in partnership with our founding members, SAAPHI would not exist.  A compassionate leader, Dr. Jenkins has inspired many of us to continue this work even when we felt challenged.  He has encouraged us, in the face of opposition, to innovate and find new ways to reach our goal of eradicating unjust, unfair, and inequitable health disparities. He has challenged us to question everything and taught us not to ascribe to the idea that we are limited by what we are told or what we see.  It is because of his leadership and vision that SAAPHI continues to persist.

It is difficult to imagine a world without Dr. Jenkins, who always wore a smile. He has left an indelible impression on me personally as a student, an early career professional and now as a leader in SAAPHI and APHA.  I am thankful for the foundation that he has created for our great organization and I am dedicated (as I hope you are) to continuing his legacy and honoring his memory in all that SAAPHI does.  It was an honor to have had Dr. Bill Jenkins for the time that we have and it is an honor that we are able to continue to honor is life and legacy.

Thank you Bill for your vision, your leadership and for a life well lived.  Rest Well.

Bill is survived by his wife Diane Rowley, daughter Danielle Rowley-Jenkins, nephew Daniel Jenkins, and nieces Robin Jenkins and Alexandra Jenkins.

On Behalf of SAAPHI Past, Present & Future,

Sandy-Asari Hogan, DrPH, MPH, CHES, CPH
President SAAPHI (2018-2020)

2018 Pre-Conference Meeting in San Diego!

31 Oct


Join Us for the 2018 Pre-Conference Meeting!

Conference Theme:  Living History: Honoring Our Past, Uplifting Our Future

Date: Saturday, November 10, 2018

Time: 8 AM – 5 PM

Location:  Hilton San Diego Bayfront, 1 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA, 92101

Room: SAPPHIRE Ballroom D

We invite you to join us for a dynamic meeting designed to increase understanding of strategies and opportunities aimed at creating and implementing policies to promote health and equity throughout the African Diaspora. The event is scheduled from 8 AM – 5 PM at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel in San Diego, CA. 

Lunch included with registration.


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Keynote Speaker:

Rodney G. Hood, MD

101st National Medical Association President

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Navigating Racist Spaces & Places:

Policies & Practices to Advance an Agenda To Eliminate Racism in Public Health

#ForHealth Leveraging Technology to Achieve Health Equity Panel/Webcast

Scientific Symposium & Poster Session

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Learn more about our pre-conference collaborators!

The Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI) is a non-profit (501c3) national public health organization comprised of researchers, physician and health advocates dedicated to improving the overall health of African Americans. The organization promotes and utilizes research to inform scientific knowledge, program development, and policy decisions.

The Black Caucus of Health Workers (BCHW) is an independent organization, officially affiliated with the American Public Health Association (APHA). This year BCHW celebrates their 50th Anniversary! BCHW serves as a catalyst for influencing the recognition of the health care needs of Black people in America by APHA and other health related organizations. The organization strives for the elimination of disparities and the reduction of gaps in health and health outcomes by improving the quality of life of people of African descent through advocacy, knowledge, practice and research.

Black Ladies in Public Health (BLiPH) is an online community with a real-world impact! BLiPH is an international group that promotes scholarship, service, self-care, support and a safe space for Black Ladies interested in, training and working in Public Health. serves as a safe-space and resource for Black Ladies in Public Health and our allies!


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Call For Board Nominations – Due Nov. 3, 2018

30 Oct

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The Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI) is accepting nominations for open positions on the Governing Board. All nominees must be members of SAAPHI.  Appointments will be made on November 16 , 2018 and terms officially begin on Nov 23, 2018

Nominees will serve to promote the SAAPHI mission to provide leadership in the promotion of health and well-being across the African Diaspora through supporting research, student mentorship, professional development, and policy advocacy.

Our current SAAPHI Officers and Board Members include:

President: Kesha Baptiste-Roberts, 2016-2018
President-Elect: Sandy-Asari Hogan, 2016-2018
Secretary: Courtney Bonner, 2016-2018
Treasurer: Natasha Knight, 2016- 2018
Co-Treasurer: Laurie Elam-Evans, 2011-2018

Board Member: Khaliah Fleming, 2018 – 2020

Board Member: Thometta Cozart, 2018 – 2020

Board Member: John Sankofa, 2018 – 2020

Board Member: Monica Murphy, 2018 – 2020

Board Member: Brittny James, 2018 – 2020

Board Member: Danielle Campbell, 2018 – 2020

Board Member: Victoria Revelle, 2018 – 2020

Board Member: Cherelle (Nikki) Johnson, 2014-2018

Board Member: Brittney Butler, 2014-2018

Board Member: DaRel Barksdale, 2016-2018

Open Positions


  • Serves as Chair of the PR (Membership) Committee
  • Serves on other committees as appointed by the President
  • Perform all duties of the President in his/her absence
  • Succeed the office of President in the event of vacancy and serve until the term expires.
  • Sends out notices of all meetings of the organization
  • Performs other duties as pertaining to the office and as assigned by the President
  • Writes and distributes the minutes of all governing board meeting and all executive committee meetings
  • Keeps regular accounts which shall be open to inspection at all times by officers  or board members
  • Pays the bills of SAAPHI as authorized by the President
  • Serve on other committees as appointed by the President
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  • Participates in monthly conference calls
  • Joins and serves on two committees (Public Relations, Mentoring & Professional Development, Science & Policy, Conference
  • Represents SAAPHI at APHA section meetings and committees

Professionals and students dedicated to SAAPHI’s mission and seeking experience with working on the board of a non-profit organization are encouraged to submit self-nominations by November 3, 2018 to Please include one pdf document with your CV and a brief 1-paragraph bio of the nominee outlining:

  • Background and experience
  • Duration and nature of involvement with SAAPHI and APHA (if you are new to both organizations please state accordingly
  • Vision for SAAPHI

Current board members wishing to serve another two-year term must also submit nomination materials.

If you have questions about this service opportunity and the time commitment it requires, please do not hesitate to contact


2018 Pre-Conference Meeting Registration is Open & Call Abstracts Extended!

1 Sep

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2018 Pre-Conference Edition

The 2018 Annual Pre-Conference is November 10th, 2018!

This year we are partnering with APHA’s Black Caucus of Health Workers (BCHW) and Black Ladies in Public Health (BLiPH)! The conference theme is Living History: Honoring our Past, Uplifting our Future.

This year the Black Caucus of Health Workers is celebrating their 50th Anniversary!  Join us in celebrating our friends and colleagues as they celebrate this special milestone! Happy Anniversary BCHW!

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Join us in San Diego!! Registration for our annual pre-conference meeting & scientific symposium is OPEN!  For more details visit!

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The theme for the Poster Session & Scientific Symposium aligns with the APHA annual meeting theme: Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity for All.


DEADLINE EXTENDED!! Submit your abstract for our poster session or oral scientific symposium!  2018 call for abstracts OPEN NOW!  Abstracts due September 7, 2018!

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 Highlighted Incentives:

  • enhanced critical thinking, editing and writing skills for your own abstracts an manuscripts
  • academic contribution to the SAAPHI Scientific Symposium and Poster Session
  • certificate of recognition as an abstract reviewer for your CV, contract renewal, or for your tenure and promotion package


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UBUNTU: “I Am Because We Are”: Building a Professional Community for Black Ladies in Public Health

10 Aug

“Public Health provides an aspirational combination of interdisciplinary work, purpose that far exceeds profits, and an opportunity to make real, tangible, change in the world. For Black women, choosing a career in Public Health often guarantees these ambitions juxtaposed to unique complexities of identity and the profession.

Consider a black woman working in Public Health, undoubtedly, she understands [and is constantly reminded] of her membership in populations often disproportionately affected by disease and death. Simultaneously, she bears witness to the occupational penalty, documented as wage gaps and concrete ceilings, despite extraordinary educational achievements. Consequently, these misfortunes are exacerbated with additional intersections of marginalized identity (disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, immigrant population, etc.).

If the data about our population tells us anything, it’s that health and occupational inequities are real experiences for Black women. However, we address these issues as mutually exclusive paradigms that should neither coalesce nor affect public health success. While this is expected, Black women are left to navigate these issues alone.

Black Ladies in Public Health (BLiPH) grew out of this double consciousness. BLiPH created a place nestled between the professional and personal woes of occupational and health inequity. We provide safe-space that does not yet exist in the broader world. BLiPH is the sanctuary where we unpack issues out in the open, through healthy discourse and transformational thinking. We are honest and vulnerable in ways that are restorative to the collective; even the things left unspoken are often understood. We strive to add a more personable approach to engaging and elevating members. We have curated an environment where our identity, our experiences, our education, and our vision are central to the solutions that will transform our realities. We are literally leveraging our status as Black Ladies in Public Health to positively impact the health and success of Black Ladies around the world.”

Dr. Jasmine Ward

Black Ladies in Public Health (BLiPH) was conceived August of 2016, by Dr. Jasmine Ward to create a virtual space to cultivate relationships and promote collaboration in public health scholarship and service. However, the most valuable characteristic of BLiPH became (1) the restorative nature of personal and professional discourse about issues related to public health and (2) the collective resolve to place self-care central to the ideology of the group.

Now approaching the second anniversary, BLiPH is working towards the vision of realizing a more engaged, valued, and empowered membership! BLiPH engages approximately 7,000 members on five social media platforms and fourteen private groups. Top representation comes from cities such as Atlanta, GA, Washington, DC, New York, NY, Baltimore, MD, Philadelphia, PA, Chicago, IL, Houston, TX, Birmingham, AL, New Orleans, LA, and Boston, MA. Most members are based in the United States, however, approximately 10% represent the global community of public health. Top represented countries outside of US include South Africa, Zambia, Nigeria, United Kingdom, Kenya, Canada, Botswana, Ghana, and Uganda.

BLiPH has formally hosted nineteen local networking events, five webinars, several live sessions, and a signature networking social during the 2017 APHA conference. Moving beyond the networking and professional development activities, 2018 ushered in new beginnings, including the start of BLiPH research and service initiatives. One early example includes a digital marketing campaign conducted in February and March of 2018, during Black history and women’s history months, respectively. The campaign — the E.V.E. Awards — was a first attempt to officially recognize and honor Black Ladies in Public Health, past and present.

As the founder, Dr. Ward has been recognized for her commitment to digital social solutions that support collective impact. In 2018, she was accepted to seven professional public health conferences and several community events across the United States. She received national press recognition, a variety of awards, and most recently, a grant to pilot BLiPH focused research. Representing BLiPH, Dr. Ward has provided consulting and technical assistance to public and private-sector organizations with training focused on social media engagement, grant writing, and cultivating cultural competence in public health workforce development.

BLiPH is beta testing, evaluating, and improving our new-forever home; is positioned to catalyze the growth of the BLiPH network and support the actionable pursuit toward the elimination of occupational and health inequities. BLiPH continues to develop innovative digital strategies to address and engage collective interest of the membership. Activities include:

  • Demystifying the work of public health professionals (particularly in the Black community),
  • Recognizing current and historical contributions of our foremothers,
  • Forming professional/leadership development opportunities,
  • Creating access to culturally responsive public health training,
  • Building mentor/mentee relationships,
  • Crowdsourcing public health solutions,
  • Defining health policies,
  • Hosting networking events,
  • Addressing issues that disproportionally impact the health of Black people, women, and more specifically, Black women.

Be sure to look out for BLiPH at the Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI) 2018 conference in San Diego, where they will highlight organizations using digital platforms to address public health through a social justice lens. We will also host the second annual BLiPH networking social at Sparks Gallery on November 11th, immediately following the APHA opening session. (Doors open at 7pm)Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – @BLiPH16, #BLiPH16 or #BliPH

For more information about BLiPH please email Dr. Jasmine Ward at

Doctors See Success at Butaro Cancer Center

11 Jun
PIH feature

Photos by Cecille Joan Avila / Partners In Health


Dr. Cyprien Shyirambere examines 6-year-old pediatric oncology patient Frank Mugisha, whose name has been changed, for privacy, at the Butaro Cancer Center of Excellence in rural northern Rwanda. Medical staff at the PIH-supported facility have treated several thousand patients, young and old, since it opened in 2012.

Five years after opening, the Butaro Cancer Center of Excellence is achieving extraordinary successes in rural northern Rwanda, amid daunting challenges.

Doctors at the Partners In Health-supported facility are treating about 1,700 patients every year, young and old, on the campus of the public Butaro District Hospital. The campus lies amid lush, green hills in a remote region not far from the Ugandan border. Many patients, family members, and caregivers travel to Butaro from across Rwanda or from surrounding countries such as Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo, where high-quality cancer care is scarce or nonexistent.

Some of Butaro’s greatest successes can be found in its youngest visitors—children who come to the cancer center with slim hopes buoyed by fighting spirits, often with cancer that is in late stages because of treatment delays or misdiagnoses elsewhere.

Patients in the pediatric ward last spring included Frank Mugisha, 6. In March, Frank completed 30 months of treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia and could be seen around Butaro playing and spending time with family members. Butaro staff will continue monitoring him for the next five years.

Dugan, who’s been a clinical officer in Butaro’s pediatric cancer ward for about a year, said relapse is a constant concern.

“It takes a long period of follow-up to be sure you’ve really cured someone,” she said.

Frank’s story is one of hundreds.

Inside the pediatric ward at the Butaro Cancer Center of Excellence, a PIH-supported facility at Butaro District Hospital in rural northern Rwanda. Children in the ward often mix in schoolwork, activities, and playtime between treatment and checkups.

While Butaro is very successful, a shortage of health care workers is a key challenge – one that severely impacts Africa. Butaro’s staff often is boosted with support from Dana-Farber and PIH programs.

Jen Haley, for example, is a former Dana-Farber cancer nurse who worked at Butaro as an oncology nurse educator from September to December 2016, through a PIH program.

Haley said she helped nurses at Butaro learn to watch for symptoms at various treatment levels, improve the overall quality of treatment, and educate patients’ families and caregivers about cancer and related care.

“Kids are so resilient. One minute you’re giving them a shot and the next minute they’re running up and giving you a hug,” Haley said.

Butaro’s staff has to be equally resilient, amid limited resources.

They don’t have a CAT scanner, an intensive care unit, or enough nurses. Stocks sometimes run out of needed medicines, and radiotherapy machines are a distant hope.

Shyirambere said he draws strength from successes. Treating children with cancer can be incredibly emotional, he said, but the reward is seeing young patients come back for positive follow-ups, return to school, and resume healthy childhoods.

“You feel like your day has been excellent,” he said.

SAAPHI would like to thank Partners in Health (PIH) for their great work in Rwanda and other parts of the world.

This is an abridged version of an impact story that was originally published in September 2017 at Check out this photo gallery to see more images from Butaro’s pediatric cancer ward. Also, be on the look out for more SAAPHI and PIH webinars to learn more about their global public health work and look out for job opportunities from PIH from the SAAPHI listserv.