Published on 29 November 2019
Jackie Nixon graduated with a Masters degree in Public Health from Sunderland. She has worked with the people of Sunderland for 12 years, within the third sector, the NHS and local government.
She was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of her outstanding career in public health and commitment to tackling health inequalities
She said: "I feel very humbled to be here today. I'm really passionate about Sunderland and the people who live here.
"After 12 years working in public health, I remain as determined as ever to help those in our communities who most need our support and compassion.”
For the last 12 years Jackie has worked in Sunderland on projects including Delivering Race Equality within Mental Health, NHS Health Checks, Suicide Prevention, tackling homelessness, creating smoke-free parks.
She has also worked closely with the University, carrying out vital research into those who become isolated and lonely within the city.