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.