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Published on May 9th, 2016 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Dr. Bambi W. Gaddist, My Sister’s Keeper Award Honoree

Pictured: Mary Miller McClellan, Chapter President, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. and Jona’ Hodges, Luncheon Committee co-Chair, present award to Dr. Bambi Gaddist the 2016 Health Honoree during the My Sister’s Keeper Annual Awards Luncheon.

Dr. Bambi W. Gaddist, co-founder, currently serves as Executive Director, Principal Investigator of the South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council, a 501(c) 3, nonprofit HIV prevention organization, including the Wright Wellness Center, a treatment facility location in Columbia, South Carolina. In 1973-1977, she received her Bachelor of Science degree from Tuskegee University in the area of Physical Education and Health; 1977-1978, a Master of Science degree in Physical Education Administration/Health from Indiana University, and in 1984-1988 completed her Doctoral studies in the areas of Human Sexuality and Family Life Education at the University of South Carolina.

She has committed the past 32 years of her professional life working in the area of human sexuality, with a specific focus on HIV/AIDS/STI community level mobilization, behavioral intervention and research, technical assistance/capacity building, and the elimination of other health disparities. In 2006-2012, Dr. Gaddist served as Treasurer of the National Black Women’s HIV/AIDS Network and served as Chair of the South Carolina HIV/AIDS Care Crisis Task Force. She is a published author and consults with a host of national and local organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Association of Health Education, and selected pharmaceutical companies.

She has captured an expressive array of recognitions, including honors, positions, and publications. Her extensive honors are the following: Ernest E. Just Graduate Student Research Award (1986), Graduate Minority Fellowship Recipient (1985-1988 University of South Carolina), Employee of the Year, Co-Recipient (South Carolina Department of Education June 1993), Outstanding Contribution in Health Education (South Carolina Association of Health Education May 1993), Sexuality Educator of the Year Planned Parenthood of SC (1995), STD/HIV State Conference Award-Excellence in Prevention (October 2003), SCDHEC Health Award for Distinguished and Outstanding Leadership, Dedication and Commitment to the Goal of Eliminating Health Disparities (April 2004), SCHAC Award-outstanding Community Service Award-Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Community Leadership Award: Columbia Chapter of the National Council of Negro Women (2004), Women of Distinction Award-Congaree Chapter, Girl Scouts of the United States of America (March 2005), Community Advocate Award-Carolina Gay Pride Association (January 2007), African America Women in Business and Ministry Award (February 2007), Mobil Healthcare Leadership Award-Mobile Health Clinics Network (June 2007), The Jerry Binns Award for Excellence in HIV/STD Care and Support Services (October 2007), CNN Hero Award 2008-(Medical Marvel) CNN News (July 2008), Norman J. Arnold Alumni Medal-Arnold School of Public Health-University of South Carolina (April 2009), CNN Black in America (2) with Essence Magazine (August 8-9 2009), 20th University Award of Distinction-Health Advocacy Award-Brookland Foundation (November 2014), Columbia Monthly Business Magazine: Top 100 Most Influential Business Leaders (January 2015).

Dr. Gaddist’s exceptionally, strong convictions have helped to raise awareness and provide services for communities. Individuals, who are impacted with this dreaded epidemic, can receive assistance. Without a doubt, her work in communities have provided countless opportunities for those who need assistance or information on HIV/AIDS prevention, testing and treatment. This enthusiast, dedicated warrior, champion, author, administrator, consultant, educator, influential business leader, and 2008 CNN Hero, challenges everyone to know about the prevention of HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Gaddist celebrated 21 years of marriage to Mr. Bernard Gaddist and is the mother of Kialeah Sumpter, MSW and two grandsons, Nyheme Sumpter and Chase Sumpter-White.

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