WEST PALM BEACH, FL, August 13, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Dr. Yvette L. Coursey with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Coursey celebrates many years' experience in her professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes she has accrued in her field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Having accrued more than 50 years of inimitable expertise in the field of health and human services, Dr. Coursey garnered a laudable reputation as a social worker, public administrator and consultant before retiring from her position as manager of Palm Beach County adult day care programs in 2015. She formerly served as the chief executive officer of the Sickle Cell Foundation of Palm Beach County and Treasure Coast Inc. between 1998 and 2012. Among her responsibilities, Dr. Coursey notably supervised case managers, social workers, educators, clerical staff, students and interns.
In her previous positions, Dr. Coursey was the principal consultant for Cotom Associates between 1993 and 1998, where she provided management consultation, technical assistance and training in health and human services, prevention and housing, among other duties. Other noteworthy roles to her credit included her appointment as the substance abuse coordinator for Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners. She also served as the regional supervisor of alcohol, drug abuse and mental health programs for the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitation Services District IX. Dr. Coursey notably began her career in 1965 as a clinical social worker at the VA Hospital in Indianapolis.
Leading an impressive professional journey, Dr. Coursey provided her expertise as a member and vice chairperson of the advisory board for the Palm Beach County Community Action Program. She was a facilitator/trainer for Florida Parents in Action, a comprehensive parenting and prevention program; and she served as a trainer for the Just Say No Regional Office in Coral Springs, Florida. Dr. Coursey was instrumental in creating the Riviera Beach (FL) Drug Coalition and served as its first chairperson. Additionally, Dr. Coursey participated in developing the curriculum for the Chemical Dependency Continuing Education track at Palm Beach Community College in Lake Worth, Florida and also served as an adjunct professor in this track.
A dedicated civic advocate, some of Dr. Coursey's community initiatives have included volunteering with United Way of Palm Beach County, participating in voter registration drives and being active with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office correctional ministry. Among other involvements, she is a board member of the West Palm Beach Mental Health Coalition, a charter school, her neighborhood association, and she is on the advisory board for a DUI school. Aligned with several professional organizations, she is a former vice president and conference chairperson of the Chicago Chapter of the National Caucus and Center on Black Aged. Dr. Coursey is also a former chaplain, secretary and board member of the General Alumni Association of Central State University; she is a founding member and president of the Florida Alumni Chapter of Central State University; a former chairperson of education for the Singer Island Sunrise chapter of Kiwanis and a golden life member of the prestigious Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Dr. Coursey received a Bachelor of Arts in social welfare at Central State University in 1963, followed by a Master of Science in social work at Atlanta University in 1965 and a Doctorate of Public Administration at Nova Southeastern University in 1982. She is a licensed clinical social worker. Named as a Professional of Year by the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association in 1992, Dr. Coursey also received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners that same year. In 1997, she was recognized by the Comprehensive Addictions Recovery Program. Dr. Coursey was included in Success South Florida Magazine as one of South Florida's 25 Most Prominent & Influential Black Women of 2007. On March 2, 2010, Dr. Coursey was inducted into the Central State University Alumni Achievement Hall of Fame.
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