Cheryl Taylor, SUBR School of Nursing's director of nursing
research, had a national award named in her honor that recognizes her efforts
to eliminate disparities in the delivery of healthcare to various racial and
The new "Dr. Cheryl Taylor Award for Leadership and Vision"
was presented by the federal Centers for Disease Control’s Racial and Ethnic
Approaches to Community Health (REACH) initiative at a recent ceremony in
Taylor has worked with REACH since its inception in 1999.
The REACH initiative has contributed significant evidence-based health outcomes
and community-based participatory approaches to the goal of advancing health
REACH's board voted unanimously to name the award after
Taylor as a reminder to researchers of the character, values, integrity,
compassion, and determination one must bring to their work, the organization
"The work that Dr. Taylor contributed to the National REACH
project and the Imperative is unparallel," Eleanor Hinton Hoytt, president and
CEO of the Imperative said. "In 2005, Hurricane Katrina threatened the work of
this project. But even in the face of catastrophic disaster, Cheryl stayed the
course and kept our vision intact of eliminating racial and ethnic health
disparities in New Orleans. I cannot think of anyone more deserving of
receiving this award and being its namesake."
The REACH award is another major citation that Taylor has
won over the past year. She was chosen the 2009 international winner of the
prestigious Daniel J. Pesut "Spirit of Renewal Award" for Nursing Excellence
from the Honor Society of Nursing of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI). The
Louisiana Nurses Foundation and the Louisiana State Nurses Association recently
named Taylor the recipient of the "Outstanding Nurse Researcher" award.