HIPRC Celebrates Black History Month: Jean M. Pinder

HIPRC Celebrates Black History Month: Jean M. Pinder

In honor of Black History Month, HIPRC would like to honor Jean M. Pinder, a public health leader and a pioneer in and lifetime advocate for advanced professional education for Black women.

By: Alexandra de Leon Date: February 17th, 2021

Jean Martin Pinder (1916-2014) was one of the first Black women to graduate from the Yale School of Public Health, in 1947. She then joined the US Public Health Service, serving first in Liberia and then Ghana. Before going to Yale, she had helped establish the nursing program at Dillard University, a historically Black women’s college in New Orleans. In Ghana, she supported the establishment of the Korle Bu Medical School of the University of Ghana, then went on to a long and distinguished career in maternal and child health for USAID.

Pinder was a pioneer in advanced professional education for African American women, which is why HIPRC has created the Jean M. Pinder Endowment. This award seeks to honor her legacy by promoting health equity and addressing disparities in injury control. With this goal in mind, INSIGHT leadership selects a recipient based on academic excellence and financial need who is part of an underrepresented minority group.

Our first recipient of the Jean M. Pinder endowment was part of the 2020 INSIGHT program. Each year one member of each INSIGHT cohort will be selected as the Jean M. Pinder Memorial Fund Scholar. Please help us in honoring Pinder’s accomplishments by sharing the graphic posted below on your social media or by donating to the endowment.

The Pinder Endowment is made possible thanks to the generosity of Drs. John Hess and Lynn Stansbury.

Jean Martin, UC Berkeley Class of 1940, BSN, RN, PHN, on the campus of New Orleans’ Dillard University), Fall 1940, as part of the inaugural teaching staff of Dillard’s first nursing program.
Jean Pinder, “Jeanie Martini”, beloved teacher, friend, mentor, and benefactor, at 87, still at the top of whatever game her life had thrust her into.
Jean Martin Pinder, US Public Health Service, with President Kwame Nkruma of Ghana and a delegation from the Medical College of Pennsylvania at the opening of the Korle Bu Medical Campus of the University of Ghana, 1962.