Throughout her career, order buy cialis Dr. Shanta Whitaker has wanted her passion to match her purpose. Her quest has always been driven to help and serve the most vulnerable people. She started off her journey at Virginia Union University on a quest to be a medical doctor, buy cialis but upon graduation, she found herself embarked on a path to pursue a PhD in Microbiology at Yale University.
Through her time at both Virginia Union University and Yale University, Dr. Whitaker developed and honed research skills that made her realize that she could help multiple people at the same time through research, rather then one by one capacity in medicine.
However, basic science research didn’t satisfy her. By volunteering with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and the Junior League, Dr. Whitaker realized that hiding in a laboratory wasn’t going to help people who looked like her. She wanted more.
Pursuing a Masters of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health opened the door to having the ability to match her purpose with her passion. While at Johns Hopkins, she completed a national study looking at the role of educational attainment in adverse diabetes outcomes in minority men. She realized that applied public health research and policy was the way to make concrete changes to improve health in minority communities.
Currently, Dr. Whitaker is fueling her passion and purpose as the Senior Disparities Analyst for the Delmarva Foundation to reduce disparities in the Medicare population. It is her hope to see lower rates of chronic disease among African Americans and other minority populations. However, she believes it first takes an understanding of the places where people play, pray and live and the roles that education and socioeconomic status can play in affecting health.
Dr. Whitaker will share her thoughts and insights on April 26, 2014 on the campus of Virginia Union University.