Nefertiti Durant, M.D., MPH

Written by Clinton Colmenare

Durant editedRivers meander. With purpose, for sure (get to the sea!), but they change with the soil and substrate, shifting, bending, carving out sediment and depositing it downstream,forever adding to the complexity of a landscape. Over time they flow straighter, carve deeper into the bedrock, but there's always that defining bend that forged a new course.

So it is with many people, and with their careers, including Nerfertiti Durant's. She began her career focused on HIV in minority populations. Then, a shift. Now, as an associate professor of Pediatrics and a member of the UAB Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center, she is pioneering web- and social media-based methods for encouraging young black women to lose weight by increasing physical activity. In January 2014 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a podcast and a study that sums up findings of her first focus group of young black women. Read more about the study here.
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