Bradley-Guidry wins Emerging Leadership Award

By Lin Lofley

Carolyn Bradley-Guidry
Carolyn Bradley-Guidry

Carolyn Bradley-Guidry, Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies at the UT Southwestern School of Health Professions, has won the 2013 Emerging Leadership Award of the National Association of Medical Minority Educators (NAMME).

Ms. Bradley-Guidry, a member of NAMME for three years, was honored for her work with diversity and inclusion and health disparities and for her dedication to increasing awareness of the Physician Assistant profession to minority students. The Emerging Leadership Award was bestowed in September at the group’s annual meeting in Pittsburgh.

In August, because of her selection as a National Institutes of Health Scholar early in 2013, she attended the National Institute of Minority Health Disparities Translational Health Disparities Course, held on the campus of the NIH in Bethesda, Md.

Ms. Bradley-Guidry is project director for Screening Our Sisters, a community-based outreach program at UT Southwestern that brings breast health education, navigation of client services, and access to mammograms to minority women in southern Dallas County. Her team partnered with the UT Southwestern Mobile Mammography Unit to provide mammograms to those underserved populations. The program, funded by Susan G. Komen-Dallas County, aims to reduce late stage diagnosis of breast cancer in minority women.

“We have collaborated with churches and community organizations in an effort to reach our targeted population,” said Ms. Bradley-Guidry, a Texas Christian University alumna who graduated from the UT Southwestern Physician Assistant program in 1998 and earned a master’s degree in 2006 from the University of Nebraska. “We’ve educated more than 1,500 women and provided client navigation services to more than 200 since April of this year.”  

She partnered with Dr. Lori Millner, Executive Director of Dallas/Fort Worth Area Health Education Center. Dr. Millner, Assistant Professor of Health Care Sciences in the School of Health Professions, serves as Project Manager for Screening Our Sisters. Other team members included Thomasine Beck, education assistant, and Cheryl Wesley, community liaison.

Ms. Bradley-Guidry also serves as liaison to NAMME for the Physician Assistant Education Association.