Dr. Carlos Rodríguez-Díaz, PhD, an associate professor of Prevention and Community Health at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health (GW Milken Institute SPH), received a prestigious mentorship award at the American Public Health Association’s Annual Conference in November.
Dr. Rodríguez-Díaz received the Lyndon Haviland Public Health Mentoring Award, which is given annually to professionals who excel at mentoring in public health and leadership development.
Providing mentorship opportunities helps to ensure that the public health field is representative of the diverse populations that it serves, said Dr. Rodríguez-Díaz, whose work focuses on HIV care and prevention, sexual health promotion and health equity through actions in the social determinants of health.
“I think we are past due in providing structured opportunities for people with different backgrounds to excel in the work of public health, and I’m not only talking about racial, ethnic backgrounds,” said Dr. Rodríguez-Díaz. “I’m also talking about sexual orientation, gender diversity and age. We need to demonstrate that we are what we say we are, and by allowing professionals to grow in our field, it’s a way to make that happen.”