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UNC: Gillings Alumna Felicia Browne 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 Immune Deficiency 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. ​

At the Gillings School, Dr. Browne studied in the Substance Use, Gender and Applied Research Program. She has more than a decade of experience adapting and implementing HIV behavioral interventions locally and globally, thereby empowering adolescent girls and young women at risk for 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.

Dr. Browne was one of three award finalists chosen by an advisory panel of global health experts, and the local community voted her the overall winner. She was recognized for her achievement at the Triangle Global Health Consortium’s annual award celebration on May 7, with several top regional leaders in global health attending.

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