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Barry Levy, MPH, edited the third edition of Social Injustice and Public Health (Oxford University Press, 2019), the 20th book that he has edited or co-edited. The book describes the adverse effects of social injustice on the health of specific populations and on specific areas of public health, and proposes an agenda for action. Levy, a physician, is an adjunct professor of public health at Tufts University School of Medicine and a past president of the Harvard Chan School Alumni Council.


C. William Keck, MPH, received the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from Northeast Ohio Medical University. Keck became a professor of community medicine in 1976 and is now a professor emeritus in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. He is a former director of health for the City of Akron and past president of the American Public Health Association. He is a co-author of Working Together . . . on Collaboration (2017) with his wife, Ardith Keck, and author of an upcoming book and video series on academic health departments.


John D. Boice Jr., SM, SD ’77, had an award established in his name this year by the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP): The John D. Boice Jr. Young Investigator Award. At NCRP, Boice served as president for seven years and currently is director of science. He also is a professor of medicine at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and directs the Million Person Study of Low Dose Radiation Health Effects.


Neil Hawkins, SM, SD ’88, became president of the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation of Michigan in April. The Erb Foundation focuses on environmental health and justice issues in southeast Michigan, Great Lakes ecosystem restoration, Alzheimer’s research, and arts and culture in Metro Detroit. Hawkins joined the foundation at retirement after 31 years at Dow Inc., where he was chief sustainability officer and corporate vice president of environment, health, and safety.


Mark Eisenberg, MPH, published the e-book Case Studies in Interventional Cardiology (McGraw-Hill Education, 2019). It includes firsthand accounts of 50 cardiac catheterization cases featuring coronary anomalies and severe complications that may occur during coronary angioplasty. It helps readers understand the origin of these complications and the appropriate procedures required for their management, and is accompanied by videos and questions. Eisenberg is director of the MD-PhD program at McGill University.


Siddharth Dube, SM, published An Indefinite Sentence: A Personal History of Outlawed Love and Sex (Atria Books, 2019). A review in The New York Times calls it “heart-stopping,” adding that “Dube’s return to India in the 1990s, at the height of its AIDS crisis, equipped him to chronicle another vital story. His critical and vivid reporting of the time brings to mind the achievements of David France in How to Survive a Plague.”


Maria Madison, SD, received the inaugural Robert Gross Award for Advancing Concord’s History in April from the Concord Museum of Massachusetts. Madison was recognized for her work as a community organizer promoting African American history in Concord and its regional and national significance.


Tamarah Duperval-Brownlee, MPH, was named in March to the newly created role of senior vice president and chief community impact officer at St. Louis-based health care organization Ascension. She also was appointed president and CEO of Providence Health System in Washington, D.C. Duperval-Brownlee previously served as vice president of care excellence. During her tenure, she led several national quality-improvement initiatives and the development of a strategy to advance health equity.

Sandro Galea, MPH, published Well: What We Need to Talk About When We Talk About Health (Oxford, 2019). Galea is dean and Robert A. Knox Professor at Boston University School of Public Health.


Megan Gerber, MPH, edited the textbook Trauma-Informed Healthcare Approaches: A Guide for Primary Care (Springer, 2019). It offers a strengths-based approach to care that emphasizes physical, psychological, and emotional safety for both survivors and care providers.


Mark Ghaly, MPH, was appointed by California Governor Gavin Newsom in March as head of the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS). Ghaly, a practicing pediatrician, was director of health and social impact for Los Angeles County. As CHHS secretary, Ghaly will help lead the state’s efforts to advance the governor’s health care agenda, including proposals to lower prescription drug costs, provide coverage to young undocumented adults through Medi-Cal, and help put California on a path toward single-payer health care.


Wanda Phipatanakul, SM, joined the board of the Austin Hatcher Foundation in March. Phipatanakul is a senior physician and director of the Asthma Clinical Research Center at Boston Children’s Hospital and a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. The foundation provides services to children with cancer and their families.


Melody Goodman, SM ’03, PhD, received the Network Builder Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) New Connections program in March. New Connections aims to expand the diversity of RWJF programming and introduce new scholars to the foundation, particularly those historically underrepresented in its research and evaluation activities. Goodman is an associate professor of biostatistics at New York University’s College of Global Public Health.


Richard Chinnock, SM, chief medical officer for Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, received the Outstanding Clinician Award at the 26th Annual Foundation Gala in February for his lifelong dedication and distinguished service to children and staff.


Corey Peak, SM, SD ’17, received the 2019 Alexander D. Langmuir Prize from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Epidemic Intelligence Service training program in May. After completing the program this year, Peak joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a program officer focused on polio eradication efforts in Africa.


Felicia Browne, SD, MPH, received the Triangle Global Health Consortium’s Ward Cates Emerging Leader Award at a celebration on May 7. Browne is a social epidemiologist at RTI International whose research focuses on HIV prevention interventions for girls and young women. She is an investigator on projects in North Carolina and South Africa.


Grayson W. Armstrong, MPH, an ophthalmology resident physician at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, was elected to the American Medical Association (AMA) Board of Trustees in June. The AMA is the nation’s largest physician organization.

Dalia Deak, MPH, received Harvard Law School’s David Grossman Exemplary Clinical Student Award in May. The award recognizes a student who displays pro bono spirit and exemplifies putting theory into practice through clinical work. Deak worked with the Center of Health Law and Policy Innovation and the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program.


Edsel Ing, MPH, has published 14 articles on PubMed since graduation, including a neural network prediction model, a meta-analysis, an incidence study, and a geo-epidemiologic analysis on giant cell arteritis. Ing, a physician, will be starting a PhD program at Kingston University in the UK this fall.

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