he Endeleo Institute is peacock proud to announce that our REACH (Research and Education for African-American Caregivers in Health) to Faith medical student partner Jakita Baldwin is in the final stages of completing her final year of medical school at Northwestern University.
In the United States access to graduate medical training programs such as residencies is a competitive process known as “the Match.” Senior medical students usually begin the application process at the beginning of their fourth and final year in medical school. After they apply, programs review applications and invite selected candidates for interviews held between October and February.
We are extremely pleased to report that the March results of Match Day were announced and Jakita has been matched with Northwestern! YES! Jakita will begin her residency in Neurology this summer and will in fact be staying with us as Endeleo, six Black partner churches (including Trinity) and Northwestern help expand the REACH project to bring much needed awareness and education around Dementia, most often associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
Jakita recently wrote a powerful thesis based on focus groups conducted by Endeleo and the results of her REACH to Faith collaborations with Trinity, St. Sabina, Beth Eden, Third Baptist, Fernwood UMC and Oakdale Covenant. But we are doubly excited that this simply outstanding and gifted medical student is a proud product of the Washington Heights community! YES! YES! This is particularly significant as Endeleo continues to immerse itself in community engaged research to address root causes of social ills (lack of access to healthy food, medications, unsafe neighborhoods, unemployment) that have plagued our neighborhoods for decades. At Endeleo, there is an urgency to focus on the underlying issues by consistently building relationships with the academic research community to foster innovative approaches conducive to creating a culture of health.
Please allow us to introduce to you Dr. Jakita Danielle Baldwin. YES! YES! YES!