Growing up in Detroit, Courtney Price saw the impact poor healthcare can have on children’s lives. She decided at an early age that she wanted to “do something” to help children and their families get the health resources and services they need. “I wanted children to see that someone who looks like them was there to help them,” Price says.
After graduating from Howard University, she worked for a clinical research organization to learn the fundamentals of conducting research. She then applied to graduate school at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey to pursue a master’s degree in public health. That brought her to Newark.
Attending graduate school in the evening, Price first worked for Head Start as a health manager, responsible for ensuring children were receiving the proper immunizations, physicals, and oral screenings. She also provided support to pre-natal mothers and their families.
She joined NJPHK-Newark in October 2011, welcoming the opportunity to work towards healthcare improvement within the community and help to create momentum for change.
Her graduate work is close to completion as she finishes her thesis on early childhood nutrition.
Reflecting on her work with NJPHK-Newark, Price says she is doing what she envisioned when she set a personal goal “to advance my knowledge in the health care delivery system in order to improve care for children, their families and the underserved.” She is also learning that creating momentum is often a matter of “getting the right people at the table.” That can be a challenge, but it also is among the highlights of her work.
When not juggling her career and coursework, Price enjoys travelling. Her passport includes stamps from France, Greece, and the United Arab Emirates, where she examined oral health initiatives while visiting a friend in the State Department.SHARE: