Shanikque Blackwell is a doctoral student in the Health Services Policy & Management department at the University of South Carolina. She received her Master’s in Public Health from the Rollins School of Public Health – Emory University and her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Sociology from Furman University. She is a Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program Scholar and a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). Shanikque is a mixed-methods researcher whose focus areas include health disparities, rural health, maternal and child health, and telehealth. Additionally, she has worked in Public Health for six years at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control focusing on community engagement, chronic health conditions, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Ms. Blackwell is a 2022 AcademyHealth Diversity Scholar.