Celebrated Women

Humanitarian & Global Service: Dr. Jacqueline “Jacki” Hart '82

Honors an alumna’s volunteer commitment and leadership which has had a broad impact on the health and the improvement of the human condition. The award will be given to a person who has dedicated at least five years to domestic and/or international volunteer service and who exemplifies humanitarian ideals and attributes.
A medical doctor, Jacki Hart is Director of the Bassuk Center, a nonprofit collaboration of service providers, clinicians, program developers, researchers, policymakers, and dissemination professionals with the common goal of ending homelessness in America. Based in Needham, MA, they provide training and other support for those who have mental health conditions, substance use disorders, and history of trauma that drive family homelessness. Currently, Jacki spends much of her time delivering COVID-19 care to under-resourced, high-risk populations. 
Jacki specializes in addressing medical and behavioral health issues to reduce health disparities for vulnerable populations, particularly women and children experiencing homelessness. With more than 20 years’ experience in lifestyle, behavioral, and integrative medicine, she has designed and implemented multidisciplinary programs for hospitals, health care systems, and clinics. Jacki completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Brown University, received an M.D. from George Washington School of Medicine, and an A.B. from Harvard University. She teaches aspects of Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health at Tufts University School of Medicine.  
Jacki’s lifelong commitment to problem-solving and community service was evident in her two years at Emma Willard. Her college recommendation letter began, “Whether she’s tackling a math problem, a mountain, or a field hockey opponent, Jacki Hart combats the problem with characteristic grit and determination.” While a student, Jacki participated in Big Brothers Big Sisters, a program designed to provide companionship and mentoring for children in Troy. Junior year she volunteered each week in the pediatrics unit at Albany Medical Center; by senior year, she was training other volunteers.
Jacki’s passion for mentoring and empowering others has led her to serve as a consultant and health coach with the Center for Social Innovation (MA), designing lifestyle modification programs for marginalized, underserved communities. 
Jacki co-chairs the Tamchui Program at The Ramshi School (MA), an innovative, community-based program designed to teach students to become educated philanthropists. This program provides role models who apply their talents to give back to the world in powerfully positive and constructive ways. 
Jacki serves as a volunteer fundraiser for MEDIAGIRLS, a forward-thinking non-profit that teaches middle school girls how to evaluate gender bias in the media and empowers them to change the message by creating new content and by communicating with marketers about the impact on their self-image. She is also a committee member for the National Center for Race Amity, an organization that develops forums and initiatives to advance cross-racial and cross-cultural amity to impact the public discourse on race.
For her sustained efforts to bring equity and justice to the world through health care and education that empowers, the Emma Willard community proudly bestows on Jacki Hart ’82 the 2022 Humanitarian and Global Service Award.
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