Kevin Jenkins, who is two-time award winner national journalist examines the influence of race, racism, and psychosocial stress within medicine. Jenkins leads research studies that analyze how stress lethally interacts with vascular-based diseases (e.g., heart disease, chronic kidney disease, and diabetes) and Alzheimer’s Disease in high-risk subgroups within the Black community. To best understand how racism makes people sick, Jenkins and his research team work with former professional football players, veterans, and people living with vascular-based diseases to create family-centered culturally sensitive and competent interventions.
Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins is also an authority in the field of institutional inclusion and diversity, specifically in medical and academic industries. He intertwines innovative research with his personal journey through sports and higher education to examine an organizational change in the areas of inclusion and diversity.
As an author, Jenkins is currently working on the book, Hue Process: The Quantitative Measurement of Racism in Medicine and he is the co-editor of the forthcoming book Contemporary African America (New York University Press). Exploring issues of health equity in a groundbreaking upcoming documentary featuring celebrities battling chronic diseases, Jenkins is the executive producer of the forthcoming documentary, “Refund My Freedom: Black Health in America.”
Before his Ph.D. journey, Jenkins is credited and renowned for expanding the title of public speaker as the Public Address Announcer for North Carolina Central University (1999- 2007) and the On-Field Announcer for the Triple-A Affiliate for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, the Durham Bulls in Durham, North Carolina (2000- 2007). He is the first announcer to host the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association’s (CIAA) Super Saturday entertaining crowds of 20,000 for six consecutive years (2000-2006). Jenkins is also the first-weekend host of the North Carolina Educational Lottery (2006 - 2007). He served as a writer for The Daily News in Jacksonville, NC starting at the age of 16 and later became a columnist for the Herald-Sun in Durham, NC in 2005.
Leaning on his eclectic past, Jenkins also designed a high-performance series that straddle both his academic research and former life in sports and entertainment. The Series “Win When: Reclaiming Greatness When Good Isn’t Enough” originated from best practices learned from former athletes, veterans, and high-performing physicians of color who battled with the stress of success, race, and value in a culture of winning.
Jenkins takes critical steps to better his community with a passion for people and love for knowledge. Jenkins served on the North Carolina initiative to close the academic achievement gap among Black and Brown youth. He also developed a though-provoking youth curriculum for North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction. High-powered corporate clients such as McDonald’s and Proquest invited Jenkins as a keynote speaker for state and global events.
As an activist, Kevin Jenkins has led rallies for a litany of social justice issues that adversely impact minority communities. He has shared stages to discuss race and social justice with the likes of Danny Glover, Christopher “Play” Martin from the iconic group Kid N’ Play, and New York Times columnist, Charles Blow, to name a few. Through gripping stories, powerful oratory, and innovative research, Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins is a blue-collar academician who is one of America’s emerging voices.
- Under Construction: Rebuilding Corporate Culture with DEI in Mind
Renovating a structure that’s already standing remains more difficult than building from the ground up.
Dr. Jenkins helps companies stare down the challenges of changing corporate culture. He provides a blueprint toward re-building corporate culture anchoring equitable engagement and decision-making. Dr. Jenkins helps companies plan, promote, and preserve data-driven DEI best practices. This powerful keynote converts DEI from corporate responsibility to corporate revenue.
· Face how to manage through racial crisis and societal injustice.
· Detail how to authentically recruit & retain top talent from underrepresented groups.
· Develop strategic plans and playbooks that roadmap internal & external best practices.
- Bringing Equity into ACTION
RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS OF INEQUITY AND CRAFT EVIDENCE-BASED SOLUTIONS THAT BRING EQUITY TO ACTION.
Win When carves a roadmap to professional development through research, humor, and powerful storytelling. Leaning on his past and present platforms, Dr. Kevin curated the best-practices of Black former professional athletes, veterans, and physicians that confronts, informs, and heals the consequences of bias in the corporate America. Countless racial and ethnic minority employees share their struggles with race and identity in the workplace, the suffocation of success, and a looming fear of failure with no long-lasting DEI solutions. Whether a teammate is unaware, indifferent, or ready to act, Win When, leverages necessary power, authentic empathy, and sustainable strategies to bringing equity to action.
•Understand the concepts of structural racism, inclusion & diversity, & health equity.
•Interrogate how organizational culture shapes the motivation, scope, and execution of health equity.
•Investigate the process and measurement of achieving racial equity through contemporary best practices.
This program can be tailored for corporate audiences, healthcare professionals, and athletes.
- Batteries Not Included: Powering CRITICAL Conversations
A Catalyst for Change that Opens the Path to Healing Dialogue.
Tough corporate conversations about inequity where we work, live, and learn can intimidate anyone. The toxicity of corporate environments surfaces when we host dialogue with no destination. No matter the conflict or crisis, organizations need to know why and how to lead critical conversations about tough topics. Dr. Kevin provides a roadmap and guides your company through the art of authenticate engagement that reconstructs corporate culture. This powerful topic can be delivered as a keynote or workshop for your team. Program Takeaways:
•Provide the Winning Race conversation starters to launch critical conversations with empathy.
•Recognize unheard employees as the experts of their own experiences.
•Implement clear and effective dialogue curriculum that interactively embraces all perspectives.
•Talking the “isms” of our world at work is simply unnatural.
•Regular inclusive dialogue increases revenue while enriching culture.
•Outline and personalize an Inclusion-first culture.
- Win When - The 21st Century Challenges of Health Equity
From broken community partnerships to diminished funding, how do we overcome the 21st Century Challenges of Health Equity? This presentation motivates clinicians, researchers, and healthcare leaders to explore the role, recognition, and remediation of inequity in medicine. This presentation teaches healthcare providers and biomedical researchers how to clinically confront the deadly "isms" that prevent quality care and public wellness.
- Refund My Freedom - How the Law Created Health Inequity in the Black Community
Spanning from the slavery era to that of "color-blindness", Refund My Freedom details how the heavy-hands of the law creates and continues health inequity in the Black community.
- Sticks and Stones - Centering the Language of Racial Health Disparities Research
This presentation confronts how the culture of sickness stigmatizes groups and embellishes the impact of structural inequity. Participants will learn the pathways to health disparities, how social institutions historically promote a culture sickness, and the true need for equity & justice over equality.
- Chasing the Boogieman - Critical Methodologies in the Study of Race, Racism & Medicine
The reproduction of methods that fail to capture the social phenomena of racism or its consequence on racial and ethnic minority groups jeopardizes interpretative value. Chasing the Boogieman presents innovative statistical methods and comprehesive research on how racism impacts health.