Dr. Strong awarded Canedy prize

Sheritta Strong, MD, has been unanimously selected as the next Canedy Executive MBA scholar. The award pays for Dr. Strong, an adult psychiatrist, to receive her Executive Masters of Business Administration. Dr. Strong graduated from UNMC College of Medicine in 2004 and finished her Creighton-Nebraska Psychiatry Residency Program in 2008.

Dr. Strong said the award was an exciting honor.

“As physicians, there are so many aspects to the practice of medicine outside of patient care that we don’t learn about in medical school,” Dr. Strong said. “As an inaugural diversity officer for UNMC, it is important that I continue to learn skills in business and administration areas to ensure that we build a sustainable diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy. Like our mission states, ‘…We pursue the work today that creates a diverse, unbiased, and empowered workforce tomorrow.’ I’m truly honored to have been selected for the Canedy Scholarship program, which has a history with some very esteemed scholars, including my chairman, Howard Liu.”

Dr. Liu was previously a Canedy Scholar. He received his Executive MBA in Healthcare Management from the University of Colorado Denver Business School in 2019.

“Dr. Strong is an incredible leader who role models commitment, passion, and deep community engagement,” Dr. Liu said. “Her vision in creating the Office of Inclusion for UNMC has already moved the culture forward, and she has demonstrated her willingness to roll up her sleeves to build the infrastructure for greater understanding. As a graduate of the Canedy Scholarship, I know that she will benefit from the Executive MBA at the University of Colorado Denver to enhance her business skills in partnership with her strong EQ. I could not be more excited for Dr. Strong’s recognition as the next Canedy Scholar!” 

Dr. Strong has received several awards, including the Urban League of Omaha Health Award, the Omaha Chapter of the National Coalition of Negro Women’s (NCNW) Women in Medicine Award, the UNMC’s Alumni Early Career Achievement Award, and the American Psychiatric Association’s Nancy C.A. Roeske, MD Award. Additionally, Dr. Strong was a panelist for the American Psychiatry Association’s Town Hall on racism in 2021, moderated a virtual town hall in 2020 on racism for the Association of Directors of Medical Student Education (ADMSEP), co-led multiple workshops including the topic of microaggressions at the ADMSEP, and she served on a panel for women’s diversity in medicine at the BraveEnough conference with nationally well-known speakers.  She was a guest on the Growth Edge Leadership podcast to discuss “Quelling Fear Amid Uncertainty”.  While earning her Executive MBA, Dr. Strong will continue her clinical and faculty work at UNMC as well as continue as Director of Inclusion at UNMC. 

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