Dr. Yi Wang, assistant professor of environmental health science at the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health – Indianapolis was recognized by the de Beaumont Foundation as one of the inaugural 40 Under 40 in Public Health. The 40 rising stars of public health were chosen by a panel of judges for their fresh perspectives, creative problem-solving, and innovative health solutions in communities across the country.
“We launched 40 Under 40 to humanize the public health field and show the diversity of the individuals who commit to strengthening the health of our nation’s communities,” said Dr. Brian C. Castrucci, president and CEO of the de Beaumont Foundation. “Public health is different from healthcare, and by elevating the work and voices of these inspiring leaders, we hope to attract and motivate other professionals to bring creativity and innovation to the future of public health.”
The nomination pool included job titles ranges from health commissioner and director of health equity to doula and epidemiologist. Each chosen honoree has made significant contributions to their community and the field of public health in their respective areas.
“The health of a nation relies on population health prevention as much as improving the health of individuals,” said Dr. Wang. “We are better off if we improve both simultaneously and don’t only advance one at the expense of the other.”
Marion County in Indiana has a long history of high-polluting industries, yet no information is available for health burden of hazards across communities. Dr. Wang created the Multilayer Data Community Action Tool (MDCAT), a data platform showing a clear picture of health burden and vulnerability related to environmental and social determinants of health in Indianapolis.Tags: Friday Letter Submission