B.S. Human Development & Family Studies, Minor B-K Education
Dr. Rachel Hirschey, PhD, RN
Research, Health Equity
B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies
M.S. Vocational Education
B.S. Business Education
“I believe that Angels take life-changing experiences and change the lives of others.”
Paulette Duggins is President and Co-Founder of the Angelic Warrior Foundation (AWF). She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies, and has over 15 years of experience as an Educator in the public school system.
Paulette sits on the Advisory Board of SHARE (Striving to Hold Accountability in Research Equity) with a team of community members led by Researcher and AWF Advisory Board Member, Dr. Rachel Hirschey, whose goal is to ensure that Black and African American cancer survivors, patients, and caregivers have the best access to health information, resources, and treatment.
Paulette is also a Co-Author of a PubMed Publication: “Barriers and facilitators to the engagement of physical activity among Black and African American cancer survivors during and after treatments.”
She also sits on the mPATH™(digital health platform that identifies, educates, and assists patients to receive needed services) Community Advisory Committee to which she helps provide valuable feedback, support, and guidance to help the program better understand the needs and concerns of the community.
Additionally, she was recently nominated and voted as Board member of the Winston Salem Black Chamber of Commerce and will officially begin her duties in January 2024.
Paulette's media features include appearances on:
These appearances and more can be viewed on our media page.
Paulette is passionate about helping others and is determined to take the lemons she has been given in life and make lemonade to serve to others.
Paulette serves AWF tirelessly with dedication and passion that are unmatched. We value her contributions to our organization.
Dr. Rachel Hirschey is an Assistant Professor in the UNC School of Nursing and associate member of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Dr. Hirschey's research program focuses on improving cancer outcomes and achieving health equity across populations. Guided by the SHARE (Striving to Hold Accountability in Research Equity) community advisory board, she collaborates with non-scientist community members, cancer survivors, patient advocates, and individuals impacted by racism to develop a relevant and effective research program. Her work emphasizes reducing cancer disparities and creating scalable behavioral interventions in oncology practice.
Dr. Hirschey's research has been funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, the National Institute of Nursing Research, and the Oncology Nursing Foundation. She also serves as MPI of the NCI/CDC funded Comprehensive Cancer Center Control Collaborative, NC (4CNC) (2019-2025) which aims to improve research dissemination and implementation nationally.
Dr. Hirschey is a valued and important part of our board, and we appreciate her support of AWF.