University of Michigan SPH graduate, Dr. Kimberlydawn Wisdom has received the 2015 Eleanor Josaitis Unsung Hero Award. The award is named for the late co-founder of Focus: HOPE, the civil and human rights organization whose goal is to eliminate racism and poverty. It was presented by the Detroit Free Press and the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition, a group of business, labor, and government leaders working for change in the region.
Dr. Wisdom became the first state-level surgeon general in the country and, at the conclusion of her terms, returned to the Henry Ford Health System as senior vice president of community health and equity, and chief wellness officer in charge of community-level wellness initiatives. Today, her programs are making progress in improving Detroit’s high infant mortality rate, preventing unintended pregnancies, combating obesity and boosting fruit and vegetable consumption among low-income school children.
Dr. Wisdom is a member of the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center. She received both her MD and MS degrees from the University of Michigan.
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