Dr. Peter Orris, professor of environmental and occupational health sciences at the UIC School of Public Health, received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Global Health by the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) during the 15th World Congress on Public Health that took place in Melbourne, Australia, from April 3-7. This award was given in recognition of Dr. Orris’ work in the context of the WFPHA’s Environmental Health Working Group and in campaigns to improve environmental health.
[Photo: Dr. Peter Orris]
Dr. Orris, who also serves Chief of Service at the Occupational Health Service Institute within the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System, has been critical to the worldwide environmental health movement. Beginning at an early age, he has been a major force for linking the practice of medicine with human rights, equality, occupational safety and environmental sustainability.
“I am particularly happy for this recognition of my work in environmental public health to have occurred at such an important time of opportunity,” Dr. Orris said as part of his acceptance speech. “It is particularly gratifying to receive this award from you – activists and thinkers of this public health movement that recognizes the broadest definition of the public’s health and holds firm to the vision of a better tomorrow with the threats of war, disease, and economic, racial, religious, sexual, and ethnic discrimination wiped away.”