By John Carruthers, assistant editor, November 01, 2013
Johns Hopkins University dermatologist Ginette Hinds, MD, has taken on projects to both improve the quality of life for patients and multiply the career opportunities for young women and minorities. Her involvement with the AAD’s Diversity Mentorship Program and the Baltimore-based Girls Empowerment Mission illustrate her skills as a leader and mentor, and she continues to make time to volunteer at the free clinic in her hometown.
"Throughout my life, it's always been very important to make time to give back in some way and make things better for other people."
- Dr. Hinds is an executive board member of the National Medical Association, an association started by and for African-American physicians. Following a lecture to the dermatology section of the NMA by former Academy president William D. James, MD, Dr. Hinds became involved with tracking follow-up data for students who participated in the Academy’s Diversity Mentorship Program.
- “We wanted to know whether the program was actually working through the data. If it is, we need to make it available to more students, and if not, we can change and make it better,” Dr. Hinds said. She continues to work with the data provided by the Academy to improve outcomes for the program.
- Dr. Hinds volunteers monthly at the non-profit Baltimore Shepherd’s Clinic, which provides care to the uninsured and underserved. “It’s filled with people who have jobs, but don’t have health care and make just over the amount needed to get medical assistance. It highlights this divide we have in society, and how the line between the haves and the have-nots has become blurry.”
- Despite the typical tight resources involved with running a free clinic, Dr. Hinds said that the Shepherd’s Clinic offers nutrition counseling, a community garden, cooking classes, and yoga, among other offerings. The comprehensive wellness mission, she said, makes her happy to bring dermatologic care to the mix.
- Dr. Hinds is also involved with Girls Empowerment Mission, which matches at-risk girls with professional female mentors. She was matched with a girl named Eugenia as the girl entered high school, and participated in activities, test prep, and the college application process for four years.
- “Eugenia graduated this year and started college. She’s the first person in her family to ever do so, which is enormous. I think this program really works,” Dr. Hinds said.
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