Each year, the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency recognizes a number of individuals and organizations throughout the San Diego region for their work in the public health realm.
This year, San Diego State University Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) was honored for its contributions to the community as part of the 2018 “Live Well San Diego Public Health Champions” Awards.
[Photo: GSPH accepting their Champion Award]
The GSPH is the recipient of the Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) Director award. Selected by the director of the San Diego HHSA, Mr. Nick Macchione, the designation is a nod to the GSPH’s research and partnership with communities and public health systems across the County of San Diego.
“Since its inception almost four decades ago, the GSPH has always viewed itself as San Diego’s School of Public Health,” said Dr. Hala Madanat, director of the Graduate School of Public Health, who accepted the award on behalf of the school. “The award is a recognition of the GSPHs’ commitment to addressing our community’s needs through training underrepresented and first generation college students, promoting community-based research and translating academic knowledge into practice in partnership with health and social agencies and entire communities.”
Created 17 years ago, the awards aim to highlight the “role of community partners in advancing optimal health and wellness in the county’s diverse populations.” The awards also coincide with the American Public Health Association’s National Public Health Week, which ran from April 2 – 8, 2018.
“We know firsthand the quality of faculty and graduate students and appreciate the breadth of education and expertise students demonstrate upon graduation. Overall, we value our partnership with the GSPH and believe that this 2018 Public Health Champion award is a small token of gratitude for our appreciation,” said Mr. Macchione.