Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The envelope please...

At last night's annual APHA Public Health Awards Reception and Ceremony, we honored some of the great innovators in the field for their contributions and creativity. Above from top to bottom: Hortensia Amaro, dean's professor in social work and preventive medicine at the University of Southern California, received the Sedgwick Memorial Medal for Distinguished Service in Public Health, which is APHA's oldest and most prestigious award.

Rahul Gupta, state health officer and commissioner at the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health and former health officer at the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department in Charleston, West Virginia, received the Milton and Ruth Roemer Prize for Creative Local Public Health Work, which was presented by the Roemers' daughter, Beth Roemer Lewis. William DeJong, professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at Boston University School of Public Health, received the Student Assembly Public Health Mentoring Award from APHA President Shiriki Kumanyika.

Helene Gayle, inaugural CEO of McKinsey Social Initiative and former director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's HIV/AIDS, TB and Reproductive Health Program, was honored with the APHA Presidential Citation. And APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin presents this year's Help Us Help Them donation check to EverThrive Illinois, which works to improve the lives of women, children and families.

Visit APHA to read about all of this year's award winners. And congratulations to all!

All photos by Jim Ezell, courtesy EZ Event Photography

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