2023 Global Golisano Health Leadership Award Recipient from the United States: Dr. David Jenkins
Dr. David Jenkins, a podiatry professor at Midwestern University, has been a transformative force in Special Olympics Arizona's Healthy Athletes program for 16 years. As a FitFeet Clinical Director, he has educated and trained hundreds of students, certified 50 global Clinical Directors, and expanded health services to athletes with intellectual disabilities. The efforts of Dr. Jenkins in creating referral networks, providing athlete-friendly educational resources, leading academic research and promoting inclusive health initiatives have significantly impacted the lives of athletes with intellectual disabilities and their caregivers. His dedication to fostering prevention, quality assessments, and partnerships inspires others to emulate his inclusive health allyship and make a difference in their communities.