Browning Claytor Health Center Receives Health and Equity Award

Karen Kennedy and Herm Sullivan
Karen Kennedy, MD, who accepted the Health and Equity award on behalf of the organization from Herm Sullivan, MD, during the awards ceremony at the Black & White Gala, June 16, 2017.

Browning Claytor Health Center Receives Edward and Harriet Jones Trailblazer in Health and Equity Award

Congratulations to Browning Claytor Health Center, who received the Edward and Harriet Jones Trailblazer in Health and Equity Award by the Grand Rapids African-American Health Institute (GRAAHI). The award is named after two individuals who helped pave the way for the health and equity work necessary to reduce disparities in our community.

Browning Claytor Health Center was selected by GRAAHI based on the staff’s work and dedication within the local community. Karen Kennedy, MD, medical director of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Browning Claytor Health Center, pictured with Herman Sullivan, MD, accepted the award on behalf of the organization at the “Black and White Gala,” hosted by GRAAHI, on Friday, June 16, 2017.

A little history about the award’s legacy: Dr. Edward A. Jones, Jr., was a dedicated physician who practiced in the Grand Rapids community for over 45 years. Born in Atlanta, GA, Dr. Jones was a graduate of Morehouse College and Meharry Medical College, and was on staff at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, Blodgett Hospital and Butterworth Hospital. Dr. Jones received many awards for his community work and was a renowned teacher of medical students. Dr. Jones was married to the love of his life, Harriet Sims Jones, for 51 years.

Harriet Sims Jones worked for 20 years as the State of Michigan’s Director of Nursing at Riverside Psychiatric Hospital. During this time, she served on many community boards She received several community awards, such as Woman of the Year and a Grand Rapids GIANT. Award. Harriet and Edward Jones had three children and three grandchildren.

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