Career Enhancement Award 2015

2015 Lorena Herrig Career Enhancement Award:
Juanita Braxton, Surgery

Juanita BraxtonJuanita Braxton, recipient of the UCDRA staff scholarship for 2015, will be able to complete three of the four residencies required for her doctorate in public health with the award. In her application she said, “My research interest is finding ways to connect lower income residents, particularly the elderly, with adequate and sustainable health care. My desire to get a Doctorate in Public Health is to be of service to those trying to live a well and more balanced life.... My research focus is Adolescent Hypertension. It is important, especially in the African-American community, to address this chronic disease at an early age. Having this degree will allow me to help make positive policy decisions to change the way we diagnose and monitor children and teens with hypertension.”

Juanita has been with the UC Davis Health System for ten years. She is now manager of the F. William Blaisdell Surgical Education Program, which coordinates the residencies and fellowships in general and specialized surgery of about 120 doctors. She has served as president of the national professional organization for this very specialized field, the Association for Program Coordinators in Surgery. Of this aspect of her work she said, “Being a mentor/leader is rewarding and satisfying by helping other UC Davis Health System graduate medical education coordinators as well as health system administrators realize their goals by encouraging and supporting them.