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Carolyn M. Jenkins

InstitutionMedical University of South Carolina
AddressP.O. Box MSC 160
408 or 500
College of Nursing - 99 Jonathan Lucas St.
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    Carolyn M Jenkins, DrPH, MSN, RD, LD, FAAN is the Ann Darlington Edwards Endowed Chair in Nursing and a Research Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. She received her Master of Science in Nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina, a Master of Science in Nutrition from the University of Georgia and her Doctor of Public Health from the University of South Carolina. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, a member of Sigma Theta Tau, and currently chairs the Outreach Council of the state legislated Diabetes Initiative of South Carolina. Her 30-year career has been on working with communities throughout South Carolina to improve health outcomes related to diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, cardiovascular disease and their complications, especially for the state's underserved African Americans. The focus of her work is reducing racial disparities, and creating effective academic community partnerships.

    Dr. Jenkins has been at the Medical University since 1979 and is involved in undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs in the College of Nursing, and has a joint appointment with the College of Graduate Studies.

    Major initiatives for Dr. Jenkins are the statewide South Carolina Diabetes Initiative where she served as the Director of Outreach and more recently, she is working with H3 Africa Stroke Investigative Research and Education Network to explore the genomic factors in stroke where she serves as a co-investigator and coordinator for community engagement for an NIH funded research project. She is also the Director of the Center for Community Health Partnerships and is Co-Director of Community Engagement for the South Carolina Translational Research Institute (SCTR), the NIH Clinical and Translational Research Award at the Medical University of South Carolina. Much of her research and practice initiatives incorporate a three-pronged approach of care delivery, research, and education in community driven models of care. Each involves players from the highest levels of state or local government to professionals and students to grass roots community residents. She has served as Director of a nurse managed interdisciplinary health clinic, an advanced practice nurse certified in advanced diabetes management, and a certified diabetes educator.

    She has leveraged more than 12 million dollars to improve community health. In collaboration with others, she has co-led negotiations for annual funding of the Diabetes Initiative by the South Carolina State Legislature and has influenced the passage of a statewide bill that establishes a minimal level of care for persons with diabetes and provides reimbursement for diabetes education.

    Current and future research efforts are focused on further improvements in diabetes, hypertension, stroke, and cardiovascular disease care and control, and identifying the contributions of multifactorial interventions in eliminating health disparities and in creating health equity, especially in rural and African American populations.

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    Community-based Participatory Research, Improving outcomes for diabetes, Community and systems changes in health

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    1. Pendergrass KM, Nemeth L, Newman SD, Jenkins CM, Jones EG. Nurse practitioner perceptions of barriers and facilitators in providing health care for deaf American Sign Language users: A qualitative socio-ecological approach. J Am Assoc Nurse Pract. 2017 Jun; 29(6):316-323. PMID: 28419769.
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    2. Jenkins F, Jenkins C, Gregoski MJ, Magwood GS. Interventions Promoting Physical Activity in African American Women: An Integrative Review. J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2017 Jan/Feb; 32(1):22-29. PMID: 26544170.
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    3. O'Brien T, Jenkins C, Amella E, Mueller M, Moore M, Hathaway D. An Internet-Assisted Weight Loss Intervention for Older Overweight and Obese Rural Women: A Feasibility Study. Comput Inform Nurs. 2016 Nov; 34(11):513-519. PMID: 27392256.
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    4. Kreuze E, Jenkins C, Gregoski M, York J, Mueller M, Lamis DA, Ruggiero KJ. Technology-enhanced suicide prevention interventions: A systematic review. J Telemed Telecare. 2017 Jul; 23(6):605-617. PMID: 27377792.
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    5. Sutton SM, Magwood GS, Nemeth LS, Jenkins CM. Conceptual Model of Weight Management in Overweight and Obese African-American Females. Nurs Forum. 2017 Apr; 52(2):73-87. PMID: 27309975.
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    6. Jenkins C, Burkett NS, Ovbiagele B, Mueller M, Patel S, Brunner-Jackson B, Saulson R, Treiber F. Stroke patients and their attitudes toward mHealth monitoring to support blood pressure control and medication adherence. Mhealth. 2016 May; 2. PMID: 27347490.
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    7. Sarfo FS, Gebregziabher M, Ovbiagele B, Akinyemi R, Owolabi L, Obiako R, Armstrong K, Arulogun O, Akpalu A, Melikam S, Saulson R, Jenkins C, Owolabi M. Validation of the 8-item questionnaire for verifying stroke free status with and without pictograms in three West African languages. eNeurologicalSci. 2016 Jun; 3:75-79. PMID: 27148595.
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    8. Shearer JE, Jenkins CH, Magwood GS, Pope CA. Contested Ownership of Disease and Ambulatory-Sensitive Emergency Department Visits for Type 2 Diabetes. Am J Med Sci. 2016 Apr; 351(4):400-6. PMID: 27079346; PMCID: PMC4836170 [Available on 04/01/17].
    9. Jenkins C, Arulogun OS, Singh A, Mande AT, Ajayi E, Calys-Tagoe B, Ovbiagele B, Lackland DT, Sarfo FS, Akinyemi R, Akpalu A, Obiako R, Melikam ES, Laryea R, Shidali V, Sagoe K, Ibinaiye P, Fakunle AG, Owolabi LF, Owolabi MO. Stroke Investigative Research and Education Network: Community Engagement and Outreach Within Phenomics Core. Health Educ Behav. 2016 04; 43(1 Suppl):82S-92S. PMID: 27037152.
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    10. Riddle D, Gregoski M, Baker K, Dumas B, Jenkins CH. Impressions of pharmacogenomic testing among Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists: a mixed-method study. Pharmacogenomics. 2016 04; 17(6):593-602. PMID: 27023204.
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    11. Sutton SM, Magwood GS, Jenkins CH, Nemeth LS. A Scoping Review of Behavioral Weight Management Interventions in Overweight/Obese African American Females. West J Nurs Res. 2016 08; 38(8):1035-66. PMID: 26927607.
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    12. Sarfo F, Gebregziabher M, Ovbiagele B, Akinyemi R, Owolabi L, Obiako R, Akpa O, Armstrong K, Akpalu A, Adamu S, Obese V, Boa-Antwi N, Appiah L, Arulogun O, Mensah Y, Adeoye A, Tosin A, Adeleye O, Tabi-Ajayi E, Phillip I, Sani A, Isah S, Tabari N, Mande A, Agunloye A, Ogbole G, Akinyemi J, Laryea R, Melikam S, Uvere E, Adekunle G, Kehinde S, Azuh P, Dambatta A, Ishaq N, Saulson R, Arnett D, Tiwari H, Jenkins C, Lackland D, Owolabi M. Multilingual Validation of the Questionnaire for Verifying Stroke-Free Status in West Africa. Stroke. 2016 Jan; 47(1):167-72. PMID: 26578660; PMCID: PMC4696900 [Available on 01/01/17].
    13. Ovbiagele B, Jenkins C, Patel S, Brunner-Jackson B, Anderson A, Saulson R, Treiber F. Mobile health medication adherence and blood pressure control in recent stroke patients. J Neurol Sci. 2015 Nov 15; 358(1-2):535-7. PMID: 26463572.
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    14. Akinyemi RO, Ovbiagele B, Akpalu A, Jenkins C, Sagoe K, Owolabi L, Sarfo F, Obiako R, Gebreziabher M, Melikam E, Warth S, Arulogun O, Lackland D, Ogunniyi A, Tiwari H, Kalaria RN, Arnett D, Owolabi MO. Stroke genomics in people of African ancestry: charting new paths. Cardiovasc J Afr. 2015 Mar-Apr; 26(2 Suppl 1):S39-49. PMID: 25962947; PMCID: PMC4557488.
    15. Owolabi MO, Akarolo-Anthony S, Akinyemi R, Arnett D, Gebregziabher M, Jenkins C, Tiwari H, Arulogun O, Akpalu A, Sarfo FS, Obiako R, Owolabi L, Sagoe K, Melikam S, Adeoye AM, Lackland D, Ovbiagele B. The burden of stroke in Africa: a glance at the present and a glimpse into the future. Cardiovasc J Afr. 2015 Mar-Apr; 26(2 Suppl 1):S27-38. PMID: 25962945; PMCID: PMC4557491.
    16. Sieverdes JC, Raynor PA, Armstrong T, Jenkins CH, Sox LR, Treiber FA. Attitudes and perceptions of patients on the kidney transplant waiting list toward mobile health-delivered physical activity programs. Prog Transplant. 2015 Mar; 25(1):26-34. PMID: 25758797; PMCID: PMC4751589.
    17. Rasbach L, Jenkins C, Laffel L. An integrative review of self-efficacy measurement instruments in youth with type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Educ. 2015 02; 41(1):43-58. PMID: 25216655.
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    18. O'Brien TR, Treiber F, Jenkins C, Mercier A. Use of computer and cellular phone technology by older rural adults. Comput Inform Nurs. 2014 Aug; 32(8):390-6. PMID: 24949713.
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    19. Cosgrove S, Moore-Monroy M, Jenkins C, Castillo SR, Williams C, Parris E, Tran JH, Rivera MD, Brownstein JN. Community health workers as an integral strategy in the REACH U.S. program to eliminate health inequities. Health Promot Pract. 2014 Nov; 15(6):795-802. PMID: 25063590; PMCID: PMC4514025.
    20. Hermayer KL, Bruch J, Jenkins CM. South Carolina guidelines for diabetes care 2013. Am J Med Sci. 2013 Apr; 345(4):296-301. PMID: 23531962.
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    21. Spruill IJ, Leite RS, Fernandes JK, Kamen DL, Ford ME, Jenkins C, Hunt KJ, Andrews JO. Successes, Challenges and Lessons Learned: Community-engaged research with South Carolina's Gullah population. Gateways. 2013; 6. PMID: 25364473.
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    22. Davis BH, Pope C, Mason PR, Magwood G, Jenkins CM. "It's a wild thing, waiting to get me": stance analysis of African Americans with diabetes. Diabetes Educ. 2011 May-Jun; 37(3):409-18. PMID: 21515541.
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    23. Newman SD, Andrews JO, Magwood GS, Jenkins C, Cox MJ, Williamson DC. Community advisory boards in community-based participatory research: a synthesis of best processes. Prev Chronic Dis. 2011 May; 8(3):A70. PMID: 21477510; PMCID: PMC3103575.
    24. Hardman K, Hunt KJ, Carter RE, Jenkins C, Hill R, Lackland DT. Diabetes management and vaccination rates in the Southeast United States, 2000 through 2007. Ethn Dis. 2011; 21(1):13-9. PMID: 21462724; PMCID: PMC3281295.
    25. Jenkins C, Myers P, Heidari K, Kelechi TJ, Buckner-Brown J. Efforts to decrease diabetes-related amputations in African Americans by the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health Charleston and Georgetown Diabetes Coalition. Fam Community Health. 2011 Jan-Mar; 34 Suppl 1:S63-78. PMID: 21160332.
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    26. Matutina RE, Newman SD, Jenkins CM. Measurement of students' perceptions of nursing as a career. J Nurs Scholarsh. 2010 Sep 01; 42(3):319-29. PMID: 20738743.
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    27. Yuen HK, Onicescu G, Hill EG, Jenkins C. A survey of oral health education provided by certified diabetes educators. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2010 Apr; 88(1):48-55. PMID: 20079551; PMCID: PMC2837778.
    28. Jenkins C, Pope C, Magwood G, Vandemark L, Thomas V, Hill K, Linnen F, Beck LS, Zapka J. Expanding the chronic care framework to improve diabetes management: the REACH case study. Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2010; 4(1):65-79. PMID: 20364080.
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    29. Magwood GS, Jenkins C, Zapka J. Validation of diabetes health-related quality-of-life instruments using cognitive interviewing with older African Americans. J Nurs Meas. 2009; 17(3):195-220. PMID: 20069949; PMCID: PMC4014007.
    30. Magwood GS, Zapka J, Jenkins C. A review of systematic reviews evaluating diabetes interventions: focus on quality of life and disparities. Diabetes Educ. 2008 Mar-Apr; 34(2):242-65. PMID: 18375775.
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    31. Bonham PA, Cappuccio M, Hulsey T, Michel Y, Kelechi T, Jenkins C, Robison J. Are ankle and toe brachial indices (ABI-TBI) obtained by a pocket Doppler interchangeable with those obtained by standard laboratory equipment? J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs. 2007 Jan-Feb; 34(1):35-44. PMID: 17228206.
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    32. Carlson BA, Neal D, Magwood G, Jenkins C, King MG, Hossler CL. A community-based participatory health information needs assessment to help eliminate diabetes information disparities. Health Promot Pract. 2006 Jul; 7(3 Suppl):213S-22S. PMID: 16760247.
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    33. Neal D, Magwood G, Jenkins C, Hossler CL. Racial disparity in the diagnosis of obesity among people with diabetes. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2006 May; 17(2 Suppl):106-15. PMID: 16809878.
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    34. Jenkins C, Lapelle N, Zapka JG, Kurent JE. End-of-life care and African Americans: voices from the community. J Palliat Med. 2005 Jun; 8(3):585-92. PMID: 15992200.
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    35. Jenkins C, McNary S, Carlson BA, King MG, Hossler CL, Magwood G, Zheng D, Hendrix K, Beck LS, Linnen F, Thomas V, Powell S, Ma'at I. Reducing disparities for African Americans with diabetes: progress made by the REACH 2010 Charleston and Georgetown Diabetes Coalition. Public Health Rep. 2004 May-Jun; 119(3):322-30. PMID: 15158111; PMCID: PMC1497632.
    36. King MG, Jenkins C, Hossler C, Carlson B, Magwood G, Hendrix K. People with diabetes: knowledge, perceptions, and applications of recommendations for diabetes management. Ethn Dis. 2004; 14(3 Suppl 1):S128-33. PMID: 15682782.
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    37. Anderson LA, Janes GR, Jenkins C. Implementing preventive services: to what extent can we change provider performance in ambulatory care? A review of the screening, immunization, and counseling literature. Ann Behav Med. 1998; 20(3):161-7. PMID: 9989322.
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