In an effort increase the number of health professionals from Harlem and to improvehealth outcomes in the community, Terri N. Watson, a City College of New York educator,co-created the CCNY-based Growing Our Own Doctor’s Project. For that, the Harlemnative is an honoree at the 48th Annual African-American Day Parade on Sept. 17. Healthcare is this year’s theme.
“As part of our Parade celebration we are recognizing and honoring the contributions of African American leaders in health care, including doctors, innovators, administrators and community leaders,” said Gale A. Brewer, Borough President of Manhattan, who presented Watson with a citation.
Brewer, Watson, Borough of Manhattan staff and volunteers will march in the parade starting at 1 p.m. at 111th Street and traveling up to Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. to 136th Street and Malcom X Blvd.
An assistant professor in the City College School of Education’s Department of Leadership and Special Education, Watson and Erica Friedman, deputy dean and medical professor in the CUNY School of Medicine at CCNY, obtained the grant that established the G.O.O.D. Project.
The project seeks to increase the number of students who graduate from the CCNY-based A. Philip Randolph Campus High School and choose health professional careers. Another objective is to improve the health outcomes of Harlem residents. The G.O.O.D. Project is modeled after the Sophie Davis Health Professions Mentorship Program, a health professions pipeline program at City College.
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