For more than three decades, Dr. Deborah Minor, a professor and vice chair in the Department of Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, has worked in the areas of community, institutional, consultant, academic and clinical pharmacy.
The Clinton native has her clinical practice at the UMMC Hypertension Clinic, within the Division of General Internal Medicine/Hypertension, where she is a preceptor for students and residents on ambulatory and clinical research rotations.
Through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Jackson Heart Study and Tougaloo College, she is also a preceptor and mentor for high school and undergraduate students. She believes that by reaching out to children and adolescents we can have the greatest impact on society.
A fellow of the American Heart Association (AHA), she earned her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Mississippi in 1997, a B.S. degree in pharmacy in 1982, and a B.S. in psychology from Millsaps College in Jackson in 1978.
Minor has led or served on the boards of such organizations as the Mississippi Society of Health System Pharmacists, the AHA’s Greater Southeast Affiliate, the National AHA Advocacy Board, and the Mississippi Kidney Foundation. The pharmacy representative on the Mississippi State Task Force on Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, she is also active in many other state and national pharmacy and medical groups.
Her recent honors include the 2009 American Heart Association National Volunteer Advocate of the Year Award, the Mississippi Pharmacists Association’s 2009 Bowl of Hygeia Community Service Award, and the 2014 University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience Preceptor of the Year.
In 2008, she receiveda State of Mississippi Commendation for Public Policy Processes from the Office of Gov. Haley Barbour. For her statewide volunteer work in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, she was a recipient of the Mississippi Public Health Association 2006 Citizenship Award.
An author or co-author of a variety of publications and abstracts, she also reviews manuscripts and abstracts for the leading hypertension journals and other health-care related periodicals and organizations. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Hypertension, with her personal research interests focused on hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease-risk factors and health literacy.
She co-developed the statewide Know Your Numbers campaign, a drive to increase health awareness among Mississippians. Minor is one of several other collaborators to launch the Southern Remedy Healthy Living Program, which promotes healthy habits, engagement, and outreach through the Community Health Advocate Program.
She tries to practice her own healthy habits, she adds, as “an avid, though accident-prone, runner.”
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