Teen Health Connection presented David G. Jacobs, M.D. , with the 2003 Dr. Carlton G. Watkins Award.
The Dr. Carlton G. Watkins Award recognizes an individual for outstanding commitment to improving the lives of children. It is named for a long-serving local pediatrician credited with being a 'tireless mentor to healthcare professionals and an outspoken advocate for the welfare of children.'
Dr. Jacobs surely lives by the maxim, "To whom much is given, much is required." He has given freely of his personal time, devoting hundreds of hours toward planning and implementing prevention programs that rise well beyond his career as the Associate Director of CMC's F.H. "Sammy" Ross, Jr. Trauma Center. These projects have focused primarily on young black males who appeared to be teetering on the brink of a dangerous life path that could have had a devastating impact on their futures.
Dr. Jacobs has been a significant leader in creating an Injury Prevention Committee, including business, health, non-profit and law enforcement colleagues. He has worked to develop "healthy choices/injury prevention" workshops for students enrolled in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Alternative/Management Schools and has served as a key partner in developing Right Moves For Youth's Camp RESOLVE.
Dr. Jacobs spends countless hours hosting youth groups at Carolinas Medical Center to expose them to the medical and psychosocial consequences of violence. He also explains to these youngsters the effects of violence on the human body and introduces them to victims of violence. He has also been instrumental in establishing links between numerous community agencies, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Carolinas Medical Center to help coordinate injury prevention activities.