SPH to host 9th annual 'Heroes' event
| 16 February 2005
A political visionary and a defender of choice are among this year's honorees by the School of Public Health, which will hold its annual Public Health Heroes award ceremony on Friday, March 18, at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.
The Public Health Heroes honor was established by the School of Public Health to promote awareness and understanding of the public-health field by recognizing individuals and organizations for their significant contributions and exceptional commitment to promoting and protecting human health.
The ceremony will be emceed by Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs George Strait, who previously was an ABC News correspondent specializing in health coverage.
As always, "heroes" are selected in four categories: International, National, Regional, and Organizational. This year's International Hero is Ciro de Quadros, M.D., M.P.H, who has dedicated his career to freeing the world of infectious diseases, especially those that disproportionately affect the health and social development of the world's poorer countries.
From 1978 to 1981, Weddington served as assistant to President Jimmy Carter, directing White House efforts to extend the time for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment and assisting in the selection of women for federal judiciary appointments. Weddington teaches at the University of Texas at Austin, is the author of A Question of Choice, and is at work on a book about women and leadership.
A longtime member of the Health and Human Services Committee, Vasconcellos negotiated a compromise between groups deadlocked on Medi-Cal abortion funding, chaired the subcommittee on aging and long-term care, and authored legislation to increase funding for vaccines and AIDS prevention and treatment. Now retired from public office, he is actively developing the Politics of Trust Network, a new movement in American politics fostering policies, programs, and political processes that inspire the healing potential of individuals and communities.
The Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH), founded in 1989, is a nonprofit coalition of employers dedicated to improving the quality and effectiveness of health care while moderating costs. PBGH works collaboratively with leading health plans, provider organizations, researchers, consumer groups, and other stakeholders to promote marketplace solutions for the pressing health-care issues facing purchasers today. Employers large and small benefit from PBGH's leveraged buying power and efforts to report comparative performance information across health plans, physician groups, and hospitals.
For tickets and information about the Public Health Heroes awards ceremony, visit www.publichealthheroes.org.