Acknowledging Public Health Heroes
posted Apr. 1, 1998
The School of Public Health honored four front-line public health heroes Friday evening, March 13. The second annual celebration of public health heroes took place at the City Club in San Francisco and recognized:
Organized by the Deans Policy Advisory Council, the celebration was hosted by council co-chairs Peter Carpenter and Linda Clever.
In his opening remarks, Carpenter explained that the award was established in 1996 to broaden peoples awareness and understanding of the public health field by publicly recognizing individuals and organizations for their significant contributions and exceptional commitment to promoting and protecting the health of the human population.
This years heroes received a Steven Maslach dichroic glass sculpture specially commissioned for the event.
Michael Hayes, associate director for external relations in the School of Public Health, said nearly 200 guests attended the dinner. Faculty and the Deans Policy Advisory Council submit nominations for the annual heroes award, he said. A subcommittee of the council then selects from among the nominees.
The goal is to have a person representing international concerns, one focusing on national public health issues, one representing the regional arena, and one who is associated with an organization, Hayes said.
This years honored four join the inaugural heroes: Kritiya Archavanitkul, an assistant professor at
Majhidol University in Bangkok, Thailand, whose research addresses the needs of underserved women and children in Southeast Asia; William Foege, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who led the successful worldwide campaign to eradicate smallpox; Stanton Glantz, UCSF professor of medicine, who is credited with exposing the tobacco industrys 30-year deception of the public about the dangers of cigarette smoking; and Andrea Martin, founder and executive director of the Breast Cancer Fund, a San Francisco-based organization committed to eradicating breast cancer by supporting state-of-the-art projects in research, education, advocacy and patient care.
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