Eugenia Millender, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, CDE

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Eugenia Millender

Director, Florida Atlantic University Diabetes Education and Research Center
Assistant Professor, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing

Dr. Eugenia Millender’s career in health has been dedicated to increasing access to quality care, decreasing health and mental disparities, and providing a culturally sensitive environment for both patients and heath care professionals. Armed with deep community connections, bilingual skills and extensive clinical experience, she is able to not only provide quality care locally, but also bridge the gap of health disparities across state and international borders.

As the Director for Diabetes Education and Research for Florida Atlantic University, Dr. Eugenia Millender is charged with intergrading mental health and diabetes prevention, treatment and education to vulnerable populations in Palm Beach County. She is a CHAMPION for great health and wellness causes, an ADVOCATE for policy change, and a LEADER in raising awareness of significant health issues that affect our community. 

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Mental illness, diabetes and obesity represent an epidemic in our country. With enthusiasm, Dr. Millender promotes health and wellness to persons at risk for or who have these illnesses or disorders. She does this through her leadership in several healthcare organizations. She is the chairperson of the County-wide Diabetes Coalition, which promotes collaboration among providers to offer comprehensive diabetes prevention education and screening to the general public. She is a member of the Healthy Work Environment Committee with the Palm Healthcare Foundation focused on preventing the deterioration of patient care, increasing job satisfaction of medical professionals throughout Palm Beach County and providing knowledge of nursing and personal care to places in need internationally. She is also Vice President for the Palm Beach County Black Nurses Association and a member of the El Sol Community Resource Center health committee.

“Excellence is frequently measured by titles and accomplishments but so often heart, passion and commitment are ignored. I decided to use the latter to advance well-being in Palm Beach County. I challenge myself to become an influential motive of change within my community. I believe in order to advocate for change, you must first place yourself in areas where you can make a difference. My personal family experience with the health system motivates me to be an agent of change to achieve collective impact and to deal with social inequalities. My passion in regards to this topic comes from within. As a member of this population, I was fortunate enough to prevail against those odd. I feel compelled to be the voice for those who cannot speak.” 
 -- Dr. Eugenia Millender, MFP Alumna, Class of 2013 



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