August 12, 2021 – The Harvard T.H. Chan College of Public Well being Alumni Affiliation not too long ago introduced the recipients of the 2021 Alumni Awards, who have been chosen by their friends by a nomination and voting course of. Beneath are excerpts from the biographies of this 12 months’s winners. The awards shall be introduced throughout this 12 months’s digital Alumni Week, September 27–October 2.
ALUMNI AWARD OF MERIT
Established in 1992, the Alumni Award of Advantage is the very best honor introduced by the Alumni Affiliation to an alumna/us of Harvard Chan College.
Paula A. Johnson AB ’80, MD ’84, MPH ’85
President, Wellesley Faculty
All through her three-decade profession, Paula A. Johnson has labored to advance the well being, schooling, and well-being of girls world wide. Her analysis has centered on uncovering and dismantling gender biases in girls’s well being and the sciences, and her work has powered a paradigm shift in the best way medication is practiced.
Johnson spent a lot of her profession at Brigham and Girls’s Hospital, the place she was the primary Black doctor to function chief medical resident and the primary Black doctor to be promoted to professor. She additionally based and directed the hospital’s Middle for Cardiovascular Illness in Girls and the Mary Horrigan Connors Middle for Girls’s Well being & Gender Biology and chaired the Division of Girls’s Well being. She chaired the Boston Public Well being Fee for nearly a decade.
Johnson is at the moment the 14th president of Wellesley Faculty, the place she has overseen the event of latest alternatives for girls and minorities in STEM fields.
Lois B. Travis, MD, SM ’82, SD ’94
Lawrence H. Einhorn Professor of Most cancers Analysis; director, Most cancers Survivorship Analysis Program, Indiana College Melvin and Bren Simon Most cancers Middle
Lois B. Travis is an advocate for reducing the price of the remedy for most cancers survivors. To this finish, she helped set up the sphere of most cancers survivorship and at the moment serves because the director of the Most cancers Survivorship Analysis Program at Indiana College. With a broad educational background in medication, pathology, epidemiology, and translational genomics, Travis has contributed to the event of security protocols for most cancers therapies, helped sufferers keep away from second cancers, and improved the lives of numerous sufferers who’ve survived most cancers.
At Indiana College, Travis and her colleagues consider therapy-related toxicities with the objective of creating translational analysis that straight advantages human well being. Her analysis may be credited with establishing the significance of second malignant neoplasms in most cancers survivors and defining a lot of the sphere’s understanding about dose-response relationships with radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
Travis is a recipient of the Public Well being Service Excellent Service Medal from the Nationwide Most cancers Institute.
Stefan N. Willich, MD, MPH ’90, MBA
Director, Institute of Social Medication, Epidemiology and Well being Economics, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany
Stefan Willich is an internist, epidemiologist, musician, and champion of public well being. Since 1995, he has served as professor and director of the Institute of Social Medication, Epidemiology and Well being Economics, considered one of Germany’s most research-intensive medical establishments, which has grown throughout his tenure to grow to be one of many preeminent epidemiological analysis facilities on the planet. The Institute, based mostly on the Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, interprets lots of its preventive medication analysis outcomes to medical follow, and the preventive outpatient clinic established by Willich at Charité has grow to be a mannequin all through Europe.
Willich’s analysis has documented the efficacy of conventional and complementary well being practices and promoted their use alongside standard medical therapies. An advocate for integrative medication and a acknowledged chief on this subject, he based the European Society of Integrative Medication, served as the primary editor of the European Journal of Integrative Medication, and convened the primary World Congress on Integrative Medication and Well being.
EMERGING PUBLIC HEALTH PROFESSIONAL AWARD
Hilary Marston MD, MPH ’13
Director for World COVID Response on the White Home COVID-19 Response Group
Hilary Marston has devoted her profession to defending public well being on a worldwide scale, working as a coverage advisor within the subject of infectious illnesses. She joined the Nationwide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Illnesses (NIAID) in 2013, the place she was instrumental in creating and organizing U.S. responses to the Ebola and Zika outbreaks.
In early 2020, Marston turned a key determine within the coordination of COVID-19 actions for NIAID and the Nationwide Institutes of Well being. She additionally made vital contributions to Operation Warp Pace, the federal government’s initiative to speed up COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics. In January 2021, Marston joined the U.S. Nationwide Safety Council as director for medical and biodefense preparedness. Since Might, she has served as director for world COVID-19 response on the White Home COVID-19 Response Group. On this position, she leads the administration’s work in world distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, together with overseeing sharing from the home provide and large-scale vaccine purchases for worldwide donation.
LEADERSHIP AWARD IN PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICE
Kezevino (Vinu) Aram, MD, MPH ’00
President, Shanti Ashram; Founder, Worldwide Middle for Youngster and Public Well being (ICPH)
Over the course of her three-decade profession, Kezevino Aram has labored to guard, uplift, and advance a few of the world’s most at-risk populations, with a specific give attention to youngsters in her native India. Her work is primarily centered on advancing pediatric well being, tackling well being care disparities, assuaging poverty, and fostering social cohesion by energetic peace-building and interfaith dialogue.
Aram joined Shanti Ashram, a global middle for improvement, studying, and collaboration, twenty years in the past and have become its president in 2014. There, Aram has pioneered a roadmap for integrating well being into group improvement packages and elevated the service footprint of the Ashram from 5,000 weak youngsters to just about 70,000 youngsters and their households throughout greater than 100 villages at present.
In 2017, Aram based the Worldwide Middle for Youngster and Public Well being. All through the COVID-19 pandemic, she has served on the specialists committee of the federal government of Tamil Nadu, with the coverage mandate of kid well being and safety.
PUBLIC HEALTH INNOVATOR AWARD
Jocelyn Lehrer SM ’01, SD ’04
Founder and director, Males’s Story Challenge; public well being and gender justice marketing consultant
Jocelyn Lehrer is a public well being researcher and practitioner, storyteller, and social entrepreneur. For greater than 20 years, her work world wide has centered on gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS prevention and response, and the promotion of wholesome masculinity and gender equality. Her analysis has been revealed in Pediatrics and different main journals. In 2008, Lehrer based the Males’s Story Challenge, which helps campuses and organizations create and movie stay productions the place numerous males publicly share private tales analyzing concepts about masculinity.
Lehrer’s work additionally consists of main the primary quantitative research of campus sexual assault and relationship violence in Chile, consulting on social affect storytelling with MTV and UN Girls, working with the USAID Workplace of HIV/AIDS, and facilitating social assist teams for LGBTQ+ youth dwelling with HIV/AIDS in San Francisco. She at the moment serves as senior gender integration marketing consultant with the World Middle for Gender Equality at Stanford College.
– Amy Roeder