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UNC: Alumna Receives 2019 Ward Cates Emerging Leader Award

Dr. Felicia Browne is an alumna of the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health and a social epidemiologist at RTI International. She recently received the Triangle Global Health Consortium’s Ward Cates Emerging Leader Award, which is named in memory of Dr. Ward Cates, President Emeritus and Distinguished Scientist of FHI 360.

Dr. Cates dedicated his life’s work to the fields of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and women’s reproductive health, and his tireless efforts made a significant impact both in North Carolina and around the globe. Accordingly, the award recognizes young leaders in the state who have demonstrated a commitment to improving the health of the world’s communities. ​

In 2007, Dr. Browne earned a Master of Public Health degree in health behavior and health education and a certificate in global health from the Gillings School. Since then, she has adapted and implemented HIV behavioral interventions locally and globally, thereby empowering young women at risk for HIV.

She is a multiple principal investigator of a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)-funded R01 study testing mHealth delivery of an HIV prevention intervention in North Carolina health departments. She is also the co-project director of a NIDA-funded R01 project in South Africa studying female adolescents who are out of school, and is a co-investigator on two National Institutes of Health-funded R01 projects in South Africa, including one for women living with HIV.

Dr. Browne serves on UNC’s community advisory board for HIV research, is a mentor for WomenNC’s leadership program for college students interested in eliminating gender inequities and volunteers for a Durham-based organization dedicated to addressing health disparities.

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