Healthcare Trailblazer Award finalists

Kimberly Hulsey, Columbus Cancer Clinic
As the first certified community health worker for the Columbus Cancer Clinic, Kimberly Hulsey spends many days in local neighborhoods raising awareness about breast cancer, convincing women to have mammograms and other cancer screenings and making health-care providers and residents aware of the services offered by the clinic. A licensed practical nurse, she’s also developed a volunteer training program for the clinic, manages its medical supply and wig rooms and provides outreach in minority communities. As a breast cancer survivor herself, she has made helping others fight the disease a personally satisfying career choice. The Columbus Cancer Clinic is located at 1699 W. Mound St.

Dr. Mysheika W. Roberts, Columbus Public Health
As health commissioner for Columbus Public Health, Dr. Mysheika W. Roberts leads a team of nearly 500 public health professionals who address issues ranging from safe housing to violent crime. She’s spearheaded efforts to address gun violence in neighborhoods and provide trauma resources quickly after homicides, and she has been instrumental in the community’s efforts to reduce its high infant mortality and battle its opiate epidemic. In her 16 years in public health, she has pushed for more equitable healthcare and, as health commissioner, instituted innovative initiatives to protect and improve the health of the more than 1 million residents of Columbus and Worthington.

Kathy Lynn Gray is a freelance writer.

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The 2019 Healthcare Achievement Awards are Thursday, March 28, at The Estate at New Albany. Tickets are on sale now.