Distinguished Alumni Awards.
Boston University School of Public Health recognizes alumni achievement by annually presenting the Distinguished Alumni Award. The award acknowledges those who have made outstanding contributions and exemplify dedication to the field of public health on a local, national, or global level.
2020 Distinguished Alumni Awardee
Elizabeth McLellan, SPH ’89, the Founder and President of Partners for World Health
PWH is the only organization of its kind in New England and as you can imagine, the volume of medical consumables and equipment that is discarded annually just in New England is huge. PWH organizes, sorts, re packages, packs medical consumables and equipment, and makes them available for hospitals and other health centers in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. PWH ships one-to-two 40-foot containers a month from the shipping center on Canco Rd in Portland. Each holds 18,000 to 20,000 pounds of medical supplies and equipment all saved from the dump with a value of between $200000 and $250000. PWH clients are from all over the world; many of whom have found us through our website or through others who now live in the USA and want to do something for those in their home country.
In addition, PWH runs a robust medical mission program offering 6-8 medical missions a year to places such as Senegal, S Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Bangladesh, Malawi and Ethiopia. However, due to the pandemic our medical mission program for 2020 has been on hold. McLellan returned from the Medical Mission to Uganda, S Sudan and Somaliland in late January and since then has remained at home. The program focuses on education and training to help improve the standard of practice in hospitals for doctors and nurses and other healthcare workers. The team provides primary health care services, surgical intervention, education, and training for the community and healthcare workers. PWH travels with primary care docs, surgeons, nurse, physical therapists, pharmacists, college students, and non-medical people who all provide needed service and have an incredible time giving back. Anyone who has an interest can contact McLellan for further explanation. An application is on the PWH website.
2019 Distinguished Alumni Awardee
Bahby Banks, SPH ’05, CEO of Pillar Consulting
Dr. Banks’ work has led to a career that has spanned the Americas, Africa, Europe, and Australia, including contributions to the World Health Organization, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Instituto Promundo, and prestigious universities across the United States. She currently serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Public Health Leadership Program at UNC at Chapel Hill, and continues to invest in the next generation of public leaders through mentorship, training and practical experiences in their communities.
In her spare time, Dr. Banks enjoys trying new cuisine, traveling, spending time with family and friends, drumming, dancing and karaoke. And of course, vision boarding! Learn more at www.bahbybanks.com.
Past award recipients
Ayorinde Ajayi ’82, Vice President, Field Programs, PATH
Mireille (Mickey) Aramati ’86, Assistant Professor, Tufts University
Alan Balsam ’82, Public Health Director, Town of Brookline
Anita Barry ’88, Director, Infectious Disease Bureau, Boston Public Health Commission
Mohammed Ali Bhuiyan ’00, Advocacy and Leadership Coordinator, South Asia, UNAIDS
Tristram Blake ’79, Executive Director, South End Community Health Center (retired)
Sera Bonds ’04, Founder and Executive Director, Circle of Health International
Suzanne Bouveron ’91, Health Education Consultant, California Department of Public Health
Kathryn Brinsfield, ’01, Assistant Secretary & Chief Medical Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
August Burns ’90, Executive Director, Grounds for Health
Vivian Cabral, ’97, Consultant, Innovate LA Program
Jennifer Cochran ’87, Director, Refugee and Immigrant Health Program, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Aaron Cohen ’85, ’91, Consulting Principal Scientist, Health Effects Institute
Elizabeth Cohen ’92, Senior Medical Correspondent, CNN
Liz Cohen ’02, Executive Director, The Children’s Room: caring support for grieving children, teens and families
Linda Cottler ’80, Associate Dean for Research and Planning, University of Florida
Larry Culpepper ’89, Chair and Professor of Family Medicine, Boston University
Sally Deane, ’88
Karen Daley ’88, President, American Nurses Association
Iris Davis ’84, Section Chief, MA Dept. of Environmental Protection
Hania Dawani, ’86, Associate Professor, California State University
Gail Douglas ’88, Dean of Students and Acting Dean of Public Health Practice, Boston University (retired)
David Felson ’84, Professor, Clinical Epidemiology Research and Training, Boston University
Barbara Ferrer ’88, Executive Director, Boston Public Health Commission
Susan Fish ’92, Professor of Biostatics and Epidemiology, Boston University
Susan Frayne ’92, Associate Professor of Medicine, VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Gurrach Galgallo ’96, Assistant Minister of Health, Parliament of Kenya
Kathleen Gallagher ’84, Director, Division of Notifiable Diseases and Healthcare, Centers for Disease Control
Susan Gallagher ’80, Director, MS in Health Communication Program, Tufts University
William Ghali ’95, Professor, Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary
Barbara Graves ’84, Director, Nurse-Midwifery Education Program, Bay State Medical Center
Christie Hager ’91, Regional Director, Region I, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Stephen Johnson ’84, Deputy Regional Director, MA Dept. of Environmental Protection
Sarah Degnan Kambou ’84, President, International Center for Research on Women
Carol Karutu ’05, Former Project Director, Southern Sudan, IntraHealth International, Inc.
Mary Ellen Keough ’80, Director, Educational Programs, UMass Medical School
Mark Keroack, ’00, President and CEO, Baystate Health
Howard Koh ’95, Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Timothy Lash, SPH’92, ’99 Professor, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
Mahesh Maskey ’01, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of Nepal, Beijing
Luigi Migliorini ’98, Special Representative, Russian Federation, World Health Organization
Khalil Memon, ’99, President, DK Health Care Services, Inc.
Vivien Morris ’98, Director, Community Initiatives, Boston Medical Center
Amanda Navarro ’02, Associate Director, PolicyLink
Ali Noorani ’99, Executive Director, National Immigration Forum
Onyeka Obasi ’05, Founder & President, Friends of Africa International, Inc.
Ikushi Onozaki ’97, Medical Officer, Global TB Programme, World Health Organization
Alexander Ortega ‘94, Director, Institute for Social Science Research, Temple University
Anita Palepu ’96, Professor of Medicine, University of British Columbia
Julie Palmer ‘85, Professor, Slone Epidemiology Center, Boston University
Maureen Paul ’88, Chief Medical Officer, Planned Parenthood of New York City
Munro Proctor ’92, Co-founder, Women’s Initiative for Health Education and Economic Development Cameroon
Praema Raghavan-Gilbert ’85, Director of Medical Services, Pathfinder International (retired)
Jirair Ratevosian ’07, Director, Governmental Affairs [Africa & Cuba], Gilead Sciences
Jeannine Rivet ’81, Executive Vice President, UnitedHealth Group
Jeffrey Samet ’92, Professor of Medicine, Boston University
George Seage III ’07, Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard University
Christina Severin ’95, President & CEO, Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization
Conor Shapiro ’07, President & CEO, St. Boniface Haiti Foundation
Lillian Shirley ’87, Director, Oregon Department of Public Health
Lois Simon ’83, President, Commonwealth Care Alliance
Linda Jo Stern ’84, Former Executive Director, Casa Myrna Vazquez
Pius Muffih Tih ’92, Director, Health Services, Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Board
Ralph Timperi ’83, Senior Adviser, Association of Public Health Laboratories
Sonja Tong ’05, Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs, Gilead Sciences
Carmen Urdaneta ’97, Former Senior Communications Associate, Management Sciences for Health
Rodney Vanderwarker ’08, Vice President, Primary Care, Behavioral Health and Institute Operations, Fenway Health
Robert Wald ’84, Operations Manager, Tufts Health Plan, Inc.
Martha Werler ’89, Professor and Chair of Epidemiology, Boston University
Amy Zapata ’97, Director, Bureau of Family Health, Department of Health and Hospitals, State of Louisiana