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 statewide award was presented on May 4 to Dr. Kenya in Orlando at the community health gala Along with her award, Dr. Kenya received a $50,000 cash award to be put toward community programs.
Dr. Kenya continues to build effective systems of health care in Miami’s most underserved communities, and to expand her methods of care. With the support of the Miller School, she trains medical students to address community health problems in this same manner: by listening to the needs of the community and working to address those needs in the most impactful way possible.
“The community matters and their voice matters,” said Kenya. “They tell us what they need and how to help. All we have to do is listen.”n this area