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Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2021 Award Winners!

2021 J. Michael McGinnis Leadership Excellence Award Winner

David Kindig

David A. Kindig is Emeritus Professor of Population Health Sciences and Emeritus Vice-Chancellor for Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Medicine. He is Emeritus and Founding Co-Chair of the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Population Health Improvement. He Co-Directed the Wisconsin site of the Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Program, was an initial Co-PI on the Robert Wood Johnson MATCH grant under which the County Health Rankings were developed, was the Founder of the RWJF Roadmaps to Health Prize and an IAPHS Founding Board Member. Read more

2021 IAPHS Mentoring Award Winner

Silvia S. Martins

Dr. Silvia S. Martins is the Director of the Substance Use Epidemiology Unit of the Department of Epidemiology, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and of the Policy and Health Initiatives on Opioids and other Substances interdisciplinary group (PHIOS). She is also the co-director of the NIDA T32 Substance Abuse Epidemiology Training Program at Columbia University and the Course Director of Principles of Epidemiology (P6400). Read more

2021 Milbank Quarterly Early Career Award

Atheendar Venkataramani

Atheendar Venkataramani is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy and a staff physician at the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He directs the Penn Opportunity for Health Lab, a research group that focuses on life-course origins of health and socioeconomic inequality and policies to reduce health disparities.

Dr. Venkataramani’s research focuses on relationship between economic opportunities and health behaviors and outcomes and the spillover health consequences of social and economic policies. Read more

2021 IAPHS Postdoctoral Award

Alicia Riley 

“Advancing the study of health inequality: fundamental causes as systems of exposure”

Alicia is a sociologist with training in public health and Latin American Studies. She is currently a T32 postdoctoral scholar in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco and, starting July 2021, will be an Assistant Professor in Sociology and Core Faculty in Global and Community Health at University of California Santa Cruz.

Her research focuses on how structural racism and other structural inequalities shape health outcomes, with a focus on mortality. Alicia is involved in immigrant rights and health equity advocacy with organizations in San Diego and Chicago. She is also Chair of the Data Subcommittee of the San Diego COVID Equity Taskforce. She grew up in Chula Vista, California.

2021 IAPHS Student Award

Sandhya Kajeepeta

“Policing the pandemic: Estimating racialized inequities in New York City police enforcement of 2 COVID-19 mandates”

Sandhya Kajeepeta is a PhD candidate in epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

Her research focuses on the public health consequences of criminalization and incarceration, and the impacts of criminal legal responses to violence. She also works as a research associate at the Vera Institute of Justice, focusing on jail decarceration efforts in local jurisdictions. Prior to joining the Vera Institute, Sandhya served as the Director of Research and Evaluation at the NYC Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence where she led the city’s research agenda for gender-based violence prevention. Read more