In June of 2015, Doctor Carolyn Aidman was awarded as the Emory Distinguished Staff Member of the year for her efforts in serving as the Associate Director of the Urban Health Initiative.
“In her role as the Associate Director of the Urban Health Initiative (UHI), Carolyn has helped to make Emory a place where students, faculty and community scholars work together to confront challenging human conditions. Supported by a series of prestigious grants, her work has contributed to cross-cultural understanding and has brought Emory national recognition. She is responsible for securing Affordable Care Act Navigator funds to support the Resource Insurance Navigator Group (RING), a one-of-a-kind project that utilizes more than 150 Emory students collectively speaking 20+ languages to help Grady consumers enroll in health insurance. Carolyn also works with students and faculty to address social determinants of health, particularly lack of transportation, as it contributes to poor nutrition and creates barriers to proper health care. She initiated two innovative transportation projects: the Labor Limo and the Community Supplemental Transportation Initiative (CTSI). The Labor Limo gives women in healthy labor an alternative to calling for costly ambulances, with an estimated annual savings of $200,000. CTSI is a collaboration among UHI and its cadre of future health professionals, faculty and staff from the Rollins School of Public Health, the Schools of Medicine and Nursing and community partners. Utilizing buses from a local church, CTSI provides low-cost transportation to Section 8 apartment complex residents, taking them to grocery stores, laundromats, children’s schools and medical and dental facilities, helping to break down the transportation barrier to healthier lifestyles.”