Dr. Irwin Redlener, Columbia Mailman School of Public health professor of health policy and management and director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, was awarded the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism at the 2014 Schweitzer Leadership Conference in Boston on November 7. The prestigious award “recognizes an individual whose life example has significantly mitigated the social determinants of health in the U.S. and/or abroad, and whose commitment to service influences and inspires others.”
Dr. Redlener, who is also president/co-founder of the Children’s Health Fund, gave a keynote speech accepting the prize and lecture to Schweitzer Fellows the following day. He addressed the topics of the needs of children and why supporting their ability to be successful should be among our highest priorities; disaster preparedness, and what must be done to protect people, especially the most vulnerable, during times of great challenge; and how young people looking to give back to society can organize their career goals to make important contributions to the welfare of disadvantaged members of society. The Schweitzer Fellowship recently wrote a piece on Dr. Redlener’s lifetime of work, available here.
Established in 1986, the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism recognizes extraordinary achievement, and notable past recipients include Sargent Shriver and Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Dr. Jack Geiger, Teresa Heinz Kerry, Presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher.