Congratulations to the 2020 Award Winners!
2020 J. Michael McGinnis Leadership Excellence Award Winner
2020 IAPHS Community Research Partnership Award
HOUSTON AREA URBAN LEAGUE
The Sunnyside Strong collaboration is a community-engaged research project in Houston, Texas. The project, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Interdisciplinary Research Leaders program and led by Felicia Jackson, Family Support Services Manager at the Houston Area Urban League, Rachel Kimbro, PhD, a sociologist at Rice University, and Quianta Moore, MD, JD and a Fellow in Child Health Policy at the Baker Institute for Public Policy. Read more
Sunnyside is a historically African-American community with high poverty rates but a strong history and culture on the South side of Houston. Together with a community advisory board (CAB) comprised of local leaders, we conducted a household survey to assess needs and strengths. Results have been used to advance goals for neighborhood improvements. Our partnership is innovative in that it unites Sunnyside community members, an academic (Kimbro), a health policy and community-engaged research expert (Moore), and a non-profit manager with decades of experience in Sunnyside and surrounding communities (Jackson). The three-year effort was deeply community-engaged and will continue in the future. The survey was specifically designed to reveal the types of information that would help our CAB advocate for themselves with city leaders. Although the survey does show high rates of food insecurity, high blood pressure, diabetes, worries about crime and safety, and difficulty with health care access and transportation, it also revealed a very strong social infrastructure. Collective efficacy and social cohesion were high; as was political participation and engagement with civic clubs. This strong social infrastructure shows policymakers that investments in Sunnyside will pay off. The neighborhood has the right building blocks for success.
2020 IAPHS Mentoring Award Winner
Robert Hummer is the Howard W. Odum Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Fellow of the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also Co-Director of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) and President-Elect of the Population Association of America. He came to UNC in summer of 2015 after spending 19 years at the University of Texas at Austin, where he served as Director of their NICHD-supported Population Research Center between 2001–05 and Chairperson of their Department of Sociology from 2006–10. In 2010, he was presented with the Clifford Clogg Award for Early Career Achievement by the Population Association of America. Read more
Dr. Hummer’s research focuses on the accurate description and more complete understanding of population health and mortality patterns and trends in the United States. He has been funded by NICHD, NIA, and/or NSF throughout most of his career to date and has published more than 150 journal articles, book chapters, and books in this area. His work has been cited over 12,000 times to date. He is particularly experienced with developing conceptual and analytic models for the understanding of racial/ethnic, immigrant-native, and socioeconomic differences in population health/mortality, as well as with the collection and effective use of very large data sets to study U.S. health/mortality patterns and trends. Dr. Hummer’s most recent book, co-authored with Erin R. Hamilton, is Population Health in America (2019, University of California Press).
2020 Milbank Quarterly Early Career Award
2020 IAPHS Postdoctoral Award
Caitlin received her Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University in
2017. Her work seeks to understand the origins of dietary disparities
by examining how parents across the socioeconomic spectrum decide what
to feed their children. Integrating insights from cultural sociology,
public health, and behavioral economics, this research highlights how
parents’ food choices arise from the combined influences of their
material circumstances and their ideas about food, family, childhood,
and money. Caitlin is currently a postdoctoral affiliate at the
Nutrition Policy Institute at the University of California, Berkeley.
2020 IAPHS Student Award
Elizabeth Clausing is a doctoral candidate in anthropology , having received in BS and BA in Honors Integrative Biology and Anthropology at the University of Illinois.
Elizabeth Clausing is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, San Diego working in Dr. Amy Non’s Genetic Anthropology Lab. She received a BS and BA in Honors Integrative Biology and Anthropology at the University of Illinois. Her dissertation examines how subjective measures of stress (psychosocial stress) associates with objective measures of stress (epigenetic aging, DNA methylation, and hair cortisol). She is particularly interested in how stress can impact the body through epigenetic inheritance via DNA methylation in mothers and children. She is also interested in how early childhood experiences (e.g., low socioeconomic status, childhood adversity) can affect health in adulthood. Read more