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JEFFERSON AWARD: Nursing pioneer serves low income children and families

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --  WDRB's Sterling Riggs reveals the newest Jefferson Award recipient.

To these kids at the Neighborhood House in Portland, the lady smiling is simply known as Mrs. Vicki.  She's a staple at the community center serving low-income children and families.
At the University of Louisville School of Nursing, she's known as Doctor Vicki Hines-Martin. She's a professor and Director of Health Disparities and Community Engagement.

She invited us into her home to learn about her decorated career and passion for community engagement.  
For starters, the Louisville native has a PhD in nursing and two master's degrees. Her resume is 19 pages long, so let's just hit a few high points.

She started the Kyanna Black Nurses Organization in 1987. She developed a multilingual health info website for foreign born U.S citizens.
She's the first African American to graduate from UK's school of nursing with a PhD and she's in the University of Kentucky Nursing Hall of Fame.

"I grew up in the housing project that used to be called Southwick housing project in West Louisville and live there until I was 18," said Hines-Martin.

It's her humble childhood that fuels her to give back to others. She feels it's her duty to use what she has learned to help others.

"Nobody should have to suffer for something because they don't know how to address it or because they can't figure out where the resources are. It makes me happy making other people happy. This is a good way to include nursing and community engagement is real big for me," said Hines-Martin.

"I would like to present you the Jefferson Award for your outstanding community service," said Riggs. "You mean I'm not a finalist?" said Hines-Martin. "You are a recipient," said Riggs.

"If you could tell all of your students one things about nursing, what would it be?" said Riggs. "Nursing is a unique position. We are trusted. Every poll says nurses are trusted. Use that to work and collaborate with people and you'll have a wonderful career," said Hines-Martin.

About the Jefferson Awards

The Jefferson Awards initiative, sometimes called, "The Nobel Peace Prize for Volunteerism" was pioneered over 40 years ago. The Jefferson Awards recognize volunteers who transform lives and strengthen communities through dedication and service. WDRB is proud to bring the Jefferson Awards to Louisville.

To nominate an individual or group for a Jefferson Award, CLICK HERE.

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