Sapphire Blue Health Equity Award Honors Dr. Sonjia

Dr. Sonjia receives 2 million NIH grant to assist Black people with HIV/AIDS

In recognition of her work to reduce HIV/AIDS disparities in high-risk Miami neighborhoods, Dr. Sonjia Kenya of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has received the prestigious 2022 Sapphire Award.

“This award acknowledges the power of community partnerships to reduce health disparities. It is amazing that our collaborative work to end HIV is being recognized.”

The award ceremony was held on May 4, 2022 in Orlando, FL.

October 2022: A prestigious National Institutes of Health R01 grant twas awarded to Dr. Sonjia Kenya, associate professor of general medicine and public health at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Kenya is also associate director of the Behavioral Science Core at the Miami Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), among other roles.

“I’m beyond thrilled to receive such a high level of NIH support focused on improving HIV outcomes in Black people. These grants are highly competitive and less than 2% have been awarded to Black scientists.” Dr. Kenya said.

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"The students, guests, and Board members of the International Institute of Clinical Sexology were deeply privileged to have Dr. Sonjia Kenya give the keynote address at our 2018 doctoral graduation. Dr. Kenya is an eminent member of our sexology community whose knowledge and enthusiasm have advanced our field. Her heartfelt and eloquent speech honored the graduates’ commitment and dedication in reaching this pinnacle in their careers. Her speech spoke to all of us present and left us uplifted and inspired.” Carol Clark, President, International Institute of Clinical Sexology

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"“Terrific. Awesome. Life-changing? Wow, Sonjia’s date night was SOO much fun. I honestly was expecting something more superficial (and it definitely got us worked up) but what I did not expect was the depth of the content we talked about. Truly awesome. We got way more out of that than we bargained for.” Victor, Miami tourist, Attended Date Nite Special 

"I initially hesitated signing up for this experience thinking it might be too outside my comfort zone but all I can say is that it was one of the most fun, relaxed date nights I’ve had a long time. I’ve lived in Miami most of my life and was taken to spots I never even knew existed. The entire night flowed so effortlessly and I got to connect with my partner in ways I wouldn’t have accomplished without Sonjia’s facilitation. Sonjia is such a pleasure to be around—a wealth of knowledge, fun, and inspiring. Her husband, Troy, was funny, easy-going, and polite. I highly recommend this experience for any couple who wants to connect with their partner on a deeper level.” Karina Miami Native, Attended Date Nite Special 

“My partner and I had an absolute blast at Date Night. Sonjia gave us fun and exciting activities to play and learn about each other. We 110% recommend this to all couples and we would definitely do this again!”Kayla, Miami tourist, Attended Date Nite Special 

“Sonjia is intelligent and funny. Spending date night with her was fun way to learn some simple ways to increase intimacy with your partner. There was music, fun experiments, art, food and dance! Best date night with my wife.” Vishal, Miami tourist, Attended Date Nite Special 

“If you’re a guy (especially, or a girl) looking to “wow” your significant other with something sophisticated yet playful, edgy yet fun, Sonjia’s monthly Date Night is an opportunity to have it all handled for you. The warm reception at the museum is a gift — being met by master conversationalists Sonjia and her mate in a reserved room where you snack, chat, and browse the elegantly-lit artifacts as other couples arrive. The museum tour is a string of conversation starters (letting you engage by leaning into it, or leaning back while your hosts stand out on the edge of the erotica from different cultures the world over). From this elevated state, she leads you through a few experiments to deepen your connection and you’re soon lifted to a dinner location where the peak quality of the evening is transitioned gracefully into flirting exercises that let you effortlessly create more intimacy while tasting whatever you choose from the menu. A few more surprises are in store (that I won’t spoil for you) and Sonjia then checks in with each couple to ensure you’re launched into whichever nightlife flavor that fits your flow. You land gently with your partner amidst the sights and sounds of South Beach to continue your evening as your host steps away — like a local friend you’ve known your whole life. As a guy, I’m not always the most effective at creating a “date night” experience, yet this had me capture my partner’s admiration (…though, in truth, Sonjia did all the work while I just enjoyed the evening). If you’re anything like me, sign up for this. You (and your partner) will be glad you did.” Matthew, So Florida Native, Attended Date Nite Special 


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