In February, we pause to celebrate African American History month. This is a time to recognize the significant contributions of African Americans in our society. At UF Health Jacksonville and the University of Florida College of Medicine - Jacksonville, we honor our African American associates, faculty and staff, who lead in health care and positively impact our community.
Meet Chardae’ Whitner, a clinical assistant professor at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy in Jacksonville. She is also a clinical pharmacist at the UF Health Total Care Clinic – Jacksonville. Whitner has been with UF Health Jacksonville for three years.
What do you enjoy most about working at UF Health Jacksonville?
I love working alongside a group of colleagues at the UF Health Total Care Clinic – Jacksonville, who share a vision of elevating patient-centered care through innovative and culturally competent initiatives. Working here has allowed me to channel my passion for equitable health care into tangible actions that increase services for patients. The collaborative environment and shared commitment to our mission make each day fulfilling. In my time here, I've had the opportunity to contribute to meaningful health care initiatives and witness the positive impact we make in the community within the Total Care Clinic group.
What does your African American heritage mean to you?
My African American heritage is a source of pride and resilience for me. It represents a rich tapestry of cultural traditions, strength in the face of adversity, and a legacy of trailblazers who have paved the way for future generations. It's a reminder of the power of community and the importance of standing tall in the face of challenges.
What’s something positive you would like for others to take away from your culture?
I would like others to appreciate the strong sense of community and unity that is integral to African American culture. Our culture emphasizes the importance of supporting one another, celebrating diversity, and striving for excellence in the face of adversity. There's a wealth of creativity, resilience, and strength that I hope others can find inspiration in.