Shewit Jaynes, PhD '26
hewit is a PhD nursing student at Duke University. She graduated with a BS in nursing from East Carolina University in 2016, where she also ran cross country and track. Shewit has worked as both a medical-surgical nurse and a postpartum nurse. Her work with new mothers and families inspired her interest in maternal health equity and health policy. In 2021, Shewit graduated with a Master of Science in public health from the Department of Health Policy and Management at UNC Chapel Hill. She is a firm believer that comprehensive policies are needed to address social and structural determinants of maternal health disparities. As a nurse scientist she plans to integrate her clinical experience and passion for advocacy to generate the evidence needed to propel systemic change through policy.