Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins, PhD is a dynamic speaker, author, scholar, a Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and a Core Investigator at the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) at the Corporal Crescenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia. Dr. Jenkins is appointed within the School of Nursing, the School of Social Policy & Practice. He is also the director of the Interpreting Attitudes toward Minorities in Medicine (I AM) Research Group.
Dr. Jenkins, who is two-time award winner national journalist examines the influence of race, racism, and psychosocial stress within medicine. Dr. 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, Dr. 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.