Washington, D.C., January 6, 2010
– The American Public Health Association announces Craig H. Mosbaek as the 2010 recipient of the prestigious APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government.
Mosbaek, a public health leader from Portland, Ore., was awarded the one-year fellowship following a highly competitive selection process. He will spend the next year in Washington, D.C., working with legislators and staff on Capitol Hill to help inform public health policy decisions.
“The importance of public health needs to be communicated to our federal decision makers” said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), executive director of APHA. “The Public Health Fellowship in Government provides a unique experience for increasing the capacity of public health professionals to inform relevant policy discussions and decisions. Mr. Mosbaek will be a strong contributor with his breadth of public health knowledge and experience.”
Mosbaek earned his master’s degree in public health from Oregon Health & Science University, with a focus in biostatistics and epidemiology. With over 20 years of professional experience, Mosbaek brings wide-ranging perspective to this fellowship from both domestic and international public health work and through his collaborations with non-governmental organizations, government agencies, research councils and the private sector. He has made much headway on the issue of tobacco prevention and is an expert is this area.
Mosbaek co-founded Upstream Public Health, a Portland-based public health advocacy organization where he served as board chair. From 1994 to 2009, he worked for the Oregon Public Health Division; first as a research analyst with the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section, and later as a senior research analyst with the Program Design and Evaluation Services. In 2002, Mosbaek won the “Mayor’s Spirit of Portland Award” for his dedicated work in founding the Portland Farmers Market.
The APHA fellowship, sponsored by an unrestricted grant from Pfizer External Medical Affairs, provides a unique public policy learning experience, demonstrates the value of science-government interaction and makes practical contributions to enhancing public health science and practical knowledge in government.