Dr. Margaret Sukhram: Health educator and advocate

Dr. Margaret Sukhram’s professional career spans over 40 years as a professor of nursing, health educator, clinician, and administrator, as well as volunteering as a health consultant to a variety of international and national organizations in policy development, health program needs assessment planning, education and evaluation.

She is a nurse practitioner with a specialty in women’s health and has mentored nursing and medical students, medical residents and other health professionals.

In Guyana where she was born, she assisted in caring for her blind and bedridden great-grandmother who was well over 100. “I felt so much empathy for her,” she remembers. “The urge for this caring profession took my soul and continues to allow me to assist, educate and advocate for others.”

Dr. Sukhram began her nursing career in England, and pursued other academic qualifications which include a Doctor of Education and MA in Education, both from Teacher’s College, Columbia University, and a Master of Public Health from Columbia University.

Instrumental in pioneering many health programs with the community, schools and universities, Dr. Sukhram has worked in many capacities in the health disparities field.

She has done extensive work in the field of reproductive health including HIV, AIDS, sexuality, and peer education.

She is a founding member of several organizations including Caribbean American Medical And Scientific Association and serves on several advisory boards and committees.

Dr. Sukhram works part time at SUNY College at Old Westbury where she serves many students of Caribbean parentage.

This educator and advocate continues to volunteer her time in servicing peoples of the Caribbean in the United States and the Caribbean through health care, community outreach, education and charitable activities.

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