Congratulations to all our 2022 IAPHS award winners!
Sandro Galea, Boston University
Galea, a physician, epidemiologist, and author, is dean and Robert A. Knox Professor at Boston University School of Public Health. He previously held academic and leadership positions at Columbia University, the University of Michigan, and the New York Academy of Medicine. He has published extensively in the peer-reviewed literature and is a regular contributor to a range of public media, about the social causes of health, mental health, and the consequences of trauma. He has been listed as one of the most widely cited scholars in the social sciences. He is past chair of the board of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health and an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.
Alexander Tsai, Harvard University
Alexander Tsai, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is founding Co-Editor in Chief of the journal Social Science and Medicine – Mental Health. His own research focuses on understanding how large-scale social pathogens such as stigma, discrimination, and structural violence affect the distribution of mental health outcomes in vulnerable populations.
Early Career Award
Merlin Chowkwanyun, Columbia University
Merlin Chowkwanyun is the Donald Gemson Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences and a Core Faculty member at the Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. He is the author of All Health Politics is Local: Community Battles for Medical Care and Environmental Health and works on community health, environmental health governance, racial health inequity, and health activism. He also serves as the PI for Toxic Docs (www.toxicdocs.org), a National Science Foundation-funded database of once-secret documents on industrial poisons that leverages novel data science techniques. He is a loud and obnoxious Los Angeles Lakers fan but has had to swallow the hubris during the 2021-2022 season.
Kathryn Leifheit, University of California, Los Angeles
“Expiring Eviction Moratoriums and COVID-19 Incidence and Mortality”
Kathryn Leifheit, PhD MSPH is a social epidemiologist who studies social policies as levers to improve population health and promote health equity. In particular, her research focuses on housing policies and evictions as determinants of health for children and communities. Leifheit completed her postdoctoral fellowship in health services research at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and her PhD in Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public health. She will join the UCLA Department of Pediatrics as an Assistant Professor in July, 2022.
Tongtan Chantarat, Minnesota Population Center
“Multidimensional Structural Racism Predicts Birth Outcomes for Black and White Minnesotans”
Dr. Tongtan (Bert) Chantarat is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Antiracism Research for Health Equity at the University of Minnesota and an incoming Assistant Professor of Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health (Fall 2022). His current research programs include 1) operationalizing and measuring structural racism, 2) using mathematical models such as microsimulations and agent-based models to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of antiracist interventions, and 3) examining how work and occupation drive racial health inequities.
Public Engagement Award
Seward Vaccine Equity Project
Elizabeth Wrigley Field