The Puerto Rico Public Health Trust recently honored University of Georgia College of Public Health professor Dr. José F. Cordero by establishing an award in his name aimed at recognizing professionals in public health whose trajectories have a positive impact on institutions and citizens of the Island of Puerto Rico.
The new Dr. José Cordero Award was unveiled during “Caribbean Strong: Building Resistance with Equity” held Feb. 27 to March 1, 2019 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The three-day summit, focused on disaster preparedness in the Caribbean region, was sponsored by the Puerto Rico Science, Technology & Research Trust and the Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, Inc.
Dr. Cordero currently co-directs the Puerto Rico Test site for Exploring Contamination Threats (PROTECT) Center as well as the Center for Research on Early Childhood Exposure and Development (CRECE), both of which examine how exposure to environmental contaminants contributes to the high rate of preterm birth in Puerto Rico.
In addition to his research and clinical work, Dr. Cordero serves as the executive director of the Puerto Rico Brain Trust for Tropical Diseases Research and Prevention, a group that seeks to facilitate and speed up the development of rapid tests, vaccines, vector control, and prevention strategies for diseases like Zika, Dengue, Chikungunya and others.
“This award is the latest evidence of Dr. Cordero’s indelible impact on Puerto Rican communities, and will live on for those following in his footsteps doing great public health work,” said Dr. Marsha Davis, interim dean of the UGA College of Public Health. “This is a wonderful way to honor José whose commitment to the communities he serves has always been paramount.”Friday Letter Submission