Kimberly Enard is the First African-American Recipient of the John D. Thompson Prize

Kimberly Enard, an associate professor in the College for Public Health and Social Justice at Saint Louis University in Missouri, has been honored with the 2024 John D. Thompson Prize from the Association of University Programs for Health Administration. She is the first African-American to receive the award since its establishment in 1991. The prize recognizes faculty who have made outstanding contributions to the field of health administration education.

Dr. Enard has been on the Saint Louis University faculty since 2014. In addition to serving as an associate professor, she is the director of the master of health administration degree program, executive director of the Heartland Center, and president-elect of the College for Public Health and Social Justice faculty assembly. As a scholar, Dr. Enard’s research interests include cancer screening and treatment, community-based participatory research, health disparities, health system improvements, safety net populations, shared decision making, and social determinants of health.

“I am honored and humbled to receive the 2024 Thompson Prize from the AUPHA,” Dr. Enard said. “When you consider the legacy of the past winners, their institutions, and the indelible body of scholarship they have amassed over decades of work – to be recognized as their peer is an incredible feeling.”

Dr. Enard completed her undergraduate education at the University of Denver. She earned an MBA and a master’s degree in health administration from Georgia State University. She holds a Ph.D. in public health services from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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