APHA announces 2016 award winners

Date: Sep 27 2016

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Washington, D.C., September 27, 2016  — The American Public Health Association today announced the 2016 winners of its prestigious national awards, which recognize individuals for leadership, innovation and excellence in the field. The awards will be presented Nov. 1 during APHA’s 2016 Annual Meeting and Expo in Denver.

"These esteemed leaders have made remarkable contributions to the field of public health and to the health of this nation,” said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, executive director of APHA. "We are honored by their commitment and indebted for their service. We celebrate their accomplishments in helping create the healthiest nation."

APHA’s 2016 awardees are listed below. Visit APHA’s website to view the full awards listings and descriptions.

  • Lawrence Green, MPH, DrPH, DSc (Hon.), professor (retired) at the School of Medicine, University of California at San Francisco, receives the Sedgwick Memorial Medal for Distinguished Service in Public Health for devoting his career to the bridging of theory and research to planning, implementation and evaluation of programs and policies in public health.
  • Ross Brownson, PhD, Bernard Becker professor at Washington University in St. Louis and director of the Prevention Research Center, receives the APHA Award for Excellence for his work as a scholar, leader and public health practitioner.
  • Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP, director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative; and Marc Edwards, PhD, Charles Lunsford professor of civil engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, are honored for their roles in bringing attention to elevated blood lead levels among residents of Flint, Michigan, during the city’s water crisis. They are the first joint honorees of the David P. Rall Award for Advocacy in Public Health.
  • Leana Wen, MD, MSc, FAAEM, health commissioner with the Baltimore City Health Department, is honored for her leadership and work to transform the city’s public health efforts; and Harold Goodman, DMD, MPH, retired director of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Office of Oral Health, is recognized for his work to expand oral health care for Maryland’s children, including increased access of Medicaid dental services. They both win the Milton and Ruth Roemer Prize for Creative Local Public Health Work.
  • George R. Flores, MD, MPH, senior program manager with The California Endowment, is honored for his career to improve health and equity through community-level prevention and receives the Helen Rodriguez-Trìas Social Justice Award.
  • Robert Rubinstein, PhD, MsPH, distinguished professor of anthropology and professor of international relations at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, is recognized for his research and advocacy on peace and human rights. He wins the Victor Sidel and Barry Levy Award for Peace.
  • Hani Khalil Atrash, MD, MPH, director of the Division of Healthy Start and Perinatal Services in the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau, wins the Martha May Eliot Award for his work in advancing children’s health.
  • U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia and U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, JD, of Connecticut receive APHA’s Distinguished Public Health Legislator of the Year Award for their work to prevent gun violence.
  • Black Lives Matter is honored with APHA’s Presidential Citation for its work to draw attention to inequalities faced by black Americans.
  • Joyce Gaufin, past APHA president and public health consultant, is honored with the APHA Executive Director Citation for her work in leadership development.
  • U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer is recognized with a special award this year as Public Health Champion for her distinguished career in the U.S. Congress as an advocate for important public health issues.

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Updated Sept. 28, 2016

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