Centennial Medal and Next Generation Award Ceremony

Event Details

Joseph B. Martin Conference Center
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA
October 24, 2013
3:30 – 4:30pm

Doors open at 2:30pm and close at 3:25pm. Admittance not guaranteed after 3:25pm.

Entrance will be via the 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur only.

Tickets to the Centennial Medal and Next Generation Award Ceremony are guaranteed to Gala ticket holders.

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Centennial Medal

The Harvard School of Public Health Centennial Medal, a one-time award specially developed to commemorate the School’s 100th Anniversary, honors a select number of individuals whose creative minds and effective leadership have had an enormous global impact, improving the health and well-being of millions of people around the world.

Centennial Medal Recipients

President Bill Clinton
Founder, Clinton Foundation
42nd President of the United States

William Jefferson Clinton, the first Democratic president in six decades to be elected twice, led the U.S. to the longest economic expansion in American history, including the creation of more than 22 million jobs.

After leaving the White House, President Clinton established the Clinton Foundation with the mission to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote healthier childhoods, and protect the environment by fostering partnerships among governments, businesses, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and private citizens to turn good intentions into measurable results. Throughout the Foundation’s history and growth, Secretary Clinton and Chelsea offered their voice, vision, and counsel. To recognize their past contributions and acknowledge their role in shaping the Foundation’s future, the Foundation was renamed the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

Today the Foundation has staff and volunteers around the world working to improve lives through several initiatives, including the Clinton Health Access Initiative, which is helping 5 million people living with HIV/AIDS access lifesaving drugs. The Clinton Climate Initiative, the Clinton Development Initiative, and the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership are applying a business-oriented approach to fight climate change worldwide and to promote sustainable economic growth in Africa and Latin America. In the U.S., the Foundation is working to combat the alarming rise in childhood obesity and preventable disease through the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the Clinton Health Matters Initiative. Established in 2005, the Clinton Global Initiative brings together global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues. So far, nearly 2,300 Clinton Global Initiative commitments have improved the lives of more than 400 million people in 180 nations.

In addition to his Foundation work, President Clinton has joined with former President George H.W. Bush three times – after the 2004 tsunami in South Asia, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and Hurricane Ike in 2008, and with President George W. Bush in Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. Today the Clinton Foundation supports economic growth, job creation, and sustainability in Haiti.

President Clinton was born on August 19, 1946, in Hope, Arkansas. He and his wife Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton have one daughter, Chelsea, and live in Chappaqua, New York.


Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, Gro BrundtlandMPH ’65, LLD ’92
Former Prime Minister of Norway and former Director-General of WHO; Deputy Chair of The Elders

For over four decades, Gro Harlem Brundtland, MPH ’65 has been dedicated to global interdependence, focusing on promoting sustainable development, increasing environmental awareness, and advocating for good health as a basic human right. Dr. Brundtland spent ten years as a physician and scientist, and twenty years in public office. She served as Prime Minister of Norway for more than ten years, and was the first woman and the youngest person to ever do so. She was Chair of the World Commission of Environment and Development, and the first woman Director-General of the World Health Organization. The guiding force behind the “Brundtland Report” on sustainability over 25 years ago, Dr. Brundtland served as UN Special Envoy on Climate Change from 2007 to 2012, seeking ways to balance human enterprise and the planet’s limits. As Deputy Chair of The Elders, an independent group of global leaders who work together for peace and human rights founded by Nelson Mandela and currently chaired by Kofi Annan, Dr. Brundtland contributes her experience and independent leadership to tackling the world’s toughest problems.


Jim Kim HeadshotJim Yong Kim, M.D., Ph.D.
President, World Bank Group

A physician and anthropologist, Dr. Kim has dedicated himself to international development for more than two decades. Before joining the World Bank, Kim served as President of Dartmouth College and held professorships at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. From 2003-2005, as Director of the World Health Organization’s HIV/AIDS Department, Dr. Kim led the ‘3 by 5’ initiative, the first-ever global goal for AIDS treatment, which dramatically expanded AIDS treatment in developing countries. In 1987, Dr. Kim co-founded Partners In Health, a non-profit medical organization now working in poor communities on 4 continents. Dr. Kim has received a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and has been recognized as one of America’s “25 Best Leaders” by U.S. News & World Report. In 2006, TIME magazine named him among its “100 Most Influential People in the World.”


Next Generation Award

The inaugural Harvard School of Public Health Next Generation Award, established on the occasion of the School’s 100th Anniversary, honors an individual under the age of 40 whose leadership and commitment to health as a human right inspires all young people to make “health for all” a global priority.

Next Generation Award Recipient

Rock Center with Brian WilliamsChelsea Clinton
Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation

Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, works with her parents to drive the vision and work of the Clinton Foundation, which has built partnerships among governments, businesses, NGOs, and individuals everywhere to strengthen health systems in developing countries, fight climate change, expand economic opportunity in Africa, Latin America, and the United States, and help Americans live healthier lives. Chelsea focuses especially on the Foundation’s health programs, including the Clinton Health Access Initiative, which strengthens health care and access to lifesaving services in the developing world; the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, which fights childhood obesity in the United States; and the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, which addresses preventable disease in the United States. In addition to her Foundation work, Chelsea is a special correspondent for NBC News.