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Episode #345 Proactive Caregiving, With Cynthia J. Hickman, PhD, MSN

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For a while now, Dr. Huntley has been looking for a way to share her story with you of when she took care of her ailing mother, but the subject has just been too daunting for her to confront alone. So in this episode, we welcome Dr. Cynthia J. Hickman back to the show as Dr. Huntley’s companion, and the pair walk us through their personal journeys of being caregivers for loved ones in need. Dr. Hickman is a registered nurse by trade and she’s added author, educator, speaker, and consultant to her impressive list of professional capabilities. When Dr. Hickman saw the undeniable correlation between public health and community health, she knew that she had to get involved in public health in order to address the health crises of her community. She shares about the health conditions and community demographics that are closest to her heart. We discuss the value of aging in place, why caregiving requires preemption and proactivity, how to find the balance between allowing independence and providing care, the stories behind Dr. Hickman’s two books, and why now is the perfect time to read them. To end, Dr. Hickman shares some advice that resonates heavily with Dr. Huntley, and we discuss the business side of caregiving before learning how to connect with today’s guest.


Meet Dr. Hickman


Dr. Cynthia J. Hickman is a retired care manager practicing at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital (SLEH) in Houston, Texas. Dr. Hickman has completed two degrees: a Master of Nursing specializing in education (2009) and her Ph.D. in Health Services with a leadership specialization (2016) from Walden University. She is a part-time faculty member teaching evidence-based nursing. Dr. Cynthia J. Hickman owns Your Proactive Caregiver Advocate, a keynote speaker and caregiver resource platform. She is also the author of From the Lens of Daughter, Nurse, and Caregiver: A Journey of Duty and Honor, sharing her 20-year journey of caring for her mother and The Black Book of Important Information for Caregivers. It details the necessity of mindfulness of the business side of being a caregiver. Dr. Hickman founded the Socks 4 Seniors Community Project in Missouri City, Texas, in 2020, and as of 2023, has given over 1,600 pairs of socks to nursing homes and assisted living residents in her community. Last year, she received support from Bombus Socks, an apparel brand company that donates socks to community programs. Dr. Hickman spoke nationally with Shawn Fair at the Leadership Experience Speaker's Tour, sharing her powerful story of caregiving and resilience. Dr. Hickman was the 66th Winter commencement speaker for Walden University. She has become a storyteller, passionate about education, caregiving, and strategies to help others navigate life challenges when caring for aging loved ones.


Accomplishments:


• Author- from The Lens of Daughter, Nurse, and Caregiver: A Journey of Duty and Honor, rated 5-star by readers on Amazon. com

• Author: The Black Book of Important Information for Caregivers

• Blogger- a regular contributor on Medium.com

• Research Fellowship-Walden University Social Change Fellow (2019)

• Community Service Award-Johnson & Johnson Health Care Leadership and $50,000 Award.

• Nursing Scholarship: The Cynthia J. Hickman "Pay It Forward" Nursing Scholarship

• Congressional Recognition for Nurse of the Year Professional Organizations

• Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc, Omicron Gamma Chapter

• Walden University Multicultural and International Student Society (VP)

• Walden University Ambassador and Alumni

• Prairie View A & M University College of Nursing Mentoring Program

• Walden University Leadership and Social Change Fellow

• National Black Nurse Association (NBNA) Lifetime Member

• Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Association

• National Society of Leadership and Success

• Fort Bend County Black Nurses Association

• Beta-Beta Houston Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau

• Zeta- Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc.




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Conversation Highlights


  • Why caregiving is a very personal, daunting, yet exciting topic for Dr. Huntley

  • Welcoming the one person Dr. Huntley could have this conversation with, Dr. Cynthia J. Hickman (and happy birthday to her!)

  • When Dr. Hickman first considered a public health career, and why she became a caregiver 

  • The public health conditions and populations that she’s most passionate about

  • Discussing why it’s better for the elderly to age in place

  • Why it’s important to be more proactive and preemptive in caregiving

  • The stories behind Dr. Hickman’s books, and why you shouldn’t wait to read them

  • Navigating the dilemma of when to allow independence and when to provide care

  • The business side of caregiving

  • Why you need Dr. Hickman to speak at your organization, and how to connect with her




“The reality is that community health [and] public health is so connected that you really can’t do one without the other.” — Dr. Cynthia J. Hickman

Links Mentioned in This Episode



Dr. Hickman’s Books




Connect with Dr. Hickman



Connect with Dr. Huntley




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