"Trans people are like everyone else. They are beautiful, intelligent and accomplished, and they can do that much more if they are provided with the same love and support that every human being deserves."
– JoAnne Keatley
We chose to spotlight phenomenal women in the month of March in in honor of Women’s History Month. It’s the perfect time to share the inspiring story of one heroic woman who is positively impacting the lives of so many transgender people nationally and around the world by promoting equal access in health care.
Sherri Cook has been with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 2006 and is a member of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion’s (EDI) Portfolio for Blacks Committee. Her understanding of the importance of equity, diversity and inclusion here at the NIH is what motivated her to volunteer. As a committee member, she assists the committee chair with coordinating programs, activities, and initiatives, as well as, examining barriers to the employment, promotion and advancement of Blacks at the NIH.
Cook’s formal role at the NIH is Program Support Assistant in the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) where she provides programmatic and administrative support to EGRP's Methods and Technologies Branch.
As Malcolm Gladwell observes in his book, The Tipping Point, "The success of any kind of social epidemic is heavily dependent on the involvement of people with a particular and rare set of social gifts." Alfreda Layne is such a person, and as such, serves as a catalyst for change at NIH.