Sydney N. Evans, a 2021 graduate from Kent State University with a bachelor of science in public health, specializing in community health outreach and development, has emerged as a dedicated professional in her field. Certified as a Community Health Worker (C-CHW) through the Ohio Board of Nursing in 2021, Sydney continued her academic journey and earned a graduate degree in spring 2023 from the CWRU Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, concentrating in community practice for social change.
A lifelong Clevelander, Sydney's profound connection to her community propels her commitment to providing support and encouragement for future generations. She is a full-time community navigator for the Cleveland African American Prostate Cancer Project (CAAPP) at the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. The project's objective is to evaluate the effectiveness of three intervention strategies in increasing prostate cancer screening, specifically through prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing, among PSA-naïve African American/Black individuals aged 40 and older across Cleveland neighborhoods, employing a community-based approach within barbershops. Sydney's career trajectory reflects her remarkable grit and determination, earning praise from mentors, educators, and colleagues. Presently, she harbors personal and professional goals aligning with her decision to pursue further education in the CWRU Jack Joseph and Morton Mandel social welfare doctoral program.