Outstanding Staff Award
Founded in 2003, the JACQUES Initiative is a program of the Institute of Human Virology at the School of Medicine. It employs a multidisciplinary, expert staff to address HIV primary care and outreach in Maryland.
Most unique is the JACQUES Initiative’s active engagement in the community. More than 500 volunteers, including students, professionals, and members of the faith community, perform HIV testing and outreach each year.
“Preparing the Future”
Since 2011, the JACQUES Initiative has led a Universitywide effort at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) called “Preparing the Future” that mobilizes the academic and clinical campus to address the goals of the JACQUES Initiative’s National HIV/AIDS Strategy.
As a result, more than 500 students across six professional schools have been involved in an interprofessional didactic and hands-on curriculum.
In 2014, 20,000 citizens will be tested by a multidisciplinary team of health professionals who have incorporated routine HIV testing into their practice at the University of Maryland Medical Center.
“We are honored to be the staff recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Award,” says Derek Spencer, MS, CRNP, executive director of the JACQUES Initiative. “With passion, purpose, and a deep calling to serve, the JACQUES Initiative staff embodies the ideals and principles of the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”
Award Presentation at Black History Month Celebration
The JACQUES Initiative will receive its Diversity Recognition Award at the University’s Black History Month celebration on Monday, Feb. 10, at noon in the Medical School Teaching Facility auditorium.
MLK Diversity Recognition Awards
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Recognition Awards are presented for individual and/or group achievements in the areas of diversity and inclusiveness.
Each year, UMB schools and administrative units are asked to nominate individuals or groups that have played a leadership role or been an integral part of the diversity effort at the University.
The recipients serve as models of the ideals epitomized by the life and work of Dr. King.