University of Texas School of Public Health associate professor Dr. Catherine L. Troisi is the recipient of the American Public Health Association’s 2015 Advocate of the Year award.
[Photo: Dr. Catherine L. Troisi]
The award recognizes an APHA member who has shown tremendous dedication in advancing APHA’s advocacy priorities. Dr. Troisi received the award during the APHA’s annual meeting in the fall.
Her advocacy efforts include testifying at a congressional hearing on the U.S. response to the Ebola epidemic and attending town halls, and meetings with her congressional delegation, to promote APHA’s public health priorities. She also drafted opinion pieces published in the Houston Chronicle on the dangers of Ebola versus a potential pandemic flu, importance of vaccination in wake of a measles outbreak, funding for public health, climate change and gun violence.
“Dr. Troisi has gone above and beyond the call of duty to support public health, and exemplifies the qualities we look for in an Advocate of the Year.” says Mr. Donald Hoppert, APHA’s director of government relations.
Dr. Troisi is currently the chair-designate of APHA’s Action Board, which helps coordinate the association’s advocacy activities and improves participation in advocacy initiatives among the association’s leadership bodies. She is associate professor of management, policy and community health, and epidemiology at UTHealth, and coordinates the leadership studies concentration for the school’s Center for Infectious Diseases.
“It’s a great honor to receive this award,” Dr. Troisi says. “Advocacy is a form of education and it’s important to convey the scope and importance of public health to both the public as a whole and to those who can fund initiatives and research. Without their backing, our efforts to improve the health of the community could be endangered.”