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2021 Feb Mag.

2021 Feb Mag.




Dr. Karen Patricia Williams is a Nursing Distinguished Professor of women’s health at The Ohio State University College of Nursing and director of the Martha S. Pitzer Center for Women, Children and Youth. She is also a member of the Cancer Control Program at the OSUCCC – James, where her research focuses on cancer prevention and control within cancer disparities. 

The Martha S. Pitzer Center for Women, Children and Youth at The Ohio State University College of Nursing is internationally renowned for the discovery of new knowledge and its translation into real world settings to optimize health and wellness outcomes in infants, children, adolescents and women through health promotion and risk reduction. 

In her role as director, Dr. Williams is charged with thought leadership within and outside of the Center. This includes faculty recruitment, development and management, education, research, and expanding the Center's footprint throughout the community engagement. Her goal is to help foster the Center’s vision to align with the College of Nursing as well as the goals of the university.  

In addition to leading the Martha S. Pitzer Center for Women, Youth, and Children, Dr. Williams is deeply involved in her own research that she has passionately pursued over several decades; The Kin Keeper which focuses on breast and cervical cancer prevention and control. 

With funding from the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Williams developed the Kin Keeper Cancer Prevention Intervention to address, in part, the continuous cancer burden carried by disenfranchised women of color and women with limited resources. Targeting breast and cervical cancers, the Kin Keeper Intervention has been implemented and tested with Black, Latina and Arab women. Her area of expertise is in community-based participatory research and women’s health policy. She has been involved in the evolution of women’s health research from fragmentation to the transition of bench to bedside to barrio (community) with mixed methodology, quantitative and qualitative to address health disparities.

Currently, Dr. Williams and her team are working to identify factors and cofactors in the mechanistic and multilevel pathways of resilience and allostatic load that serve as protective and/or predictive factors of cardiovascular disease risk among Black women across the lifespan. Additionally, they are investigating the intersection of female cancers and cardiovascular disease risk in Black women.

Dr. Williams is a fierce advocate of women being seated at the table. She works tirelessly to expand the voices of women and our community in the boardroom. She believes that representation in various sectors will help drive corporate decisions that will empower leadership roles at the C-Suite level. Dr. Williams serves in leadership roles in several national civic organizations that specifically focus on meeting the needs of women — Delta Sigma Theta, The Links Incorporated, Michigan Women's Foundation, the YWCA, and others. Fueled by her faith, “To much is given, much is required,” is embedded in her mission to pay it forward and give back to various scholarships and endeavors that empower women and girls. Her advocacy for women, especially women of color, has been recognized by several organizations.

A graduate of Temple University (Philadelphia, PA) and Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI), Dr. Williams’ work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including Contemporary Clinical Trials, Statistics in Medicine, Women’s Health, Journal of Cancer and Journal of Urban Health. A former journalist, Dr. Williams has been featured in several national publications including Huffington Post, Inside the Office, MSU Today, Star Tribune, Walker’s Legacy, and  Circulation to name a few. As a trailblazer and a visionary thought leader, she is a sought-after conference speaker and media spokesperson.



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Darlene R Britford

Karen is such a classy lady who is at the top of her profession. Congratulations my friend
Darlene R Britford

Dr. Barbara Warren

She is so gracious in her achievements and is always supportive of helping other women achieve as well. Congratulations and thank you Dr. Karen Patricia Williams!!!!!

Dr. Chalon E. ANDERSON

My dear Link Sister, I am so proud and excited to congratulate you on your success. You have earned this recognition !!! Chalon

Dr. Cheryl Celestin

Congratulations Dr. Karen Patricia Williams. Your stellar contributions to public health continue to have an impact in the lives of women. Sincere best wishes as you continue to provide leadership as a researcher and advocate for women of color.

Dr. Vanessa B. Sheppard

My dear colleague and friend Dr. Williams! What a beautiful article! She is indeed a thought leader and trailblazer!! An outstanding leader and kind human being. I marvel at how God has blessed you to bless others!! I’m bursting with excitement!!
Congratulations to you!!

BOBBY F Horton

Karen Williams is an extraordinary woman and have big heart for helping people and loving mother and she deserve the recognition.

Valerie Shaw

Outstanding my Soror and Link Sister. I am am proud of the work you are doing and grateful for this acknowledgement. Congratulations!

Sarah Brown-Clark

She is a beautiful and extraordinary woman and deserving of the recognition!

Linda Forte

Karen is an exemplary leader who leaves a progressive and lasting legacy in every endeavor! I am so proud of my Soror and Link Sister. Congratulations!! Linda

Alice Strong Simmons

My friend, my sister, my Soror. She is a 21st century leader and one of the kindest women I know. We have shared many successes and sadnesses through the years but she is always a loving, giving sister. Congratulations my friend. God bless. Alice

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