Dr. Nina Wallerstein Receives Public Honor

Nina Wallerstein, DrPH, Professor, Masters in Public Health and Director, Center for Participatory Research in the Institute of Public Health, Office of Community Health and Department of Family and Community Medicine, recently received the Distinguished Fellow Award presented by the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). The award is the highest honor bestowed by the national organization.

Dr. Wallerstein is widely recognized as a leading scholar in community participatory research. She has almost three decades of experience working closely and collaboratively with New Mexican communities and tribes with whom she has developed culturally centered approaches to social capital, and capacity development and community interventions.

She has engaged with her tribal partners in numerous capacities including evaluating the contributions of a national tribal fellowship program to leadership development and community participation. She is also co-author of Community Based Participatory Research for Health: Process to Outcomes,a groundbreaking text used within the emerging field. The book’s second edition was released this month.

“Nina has accumulated a record of accomplishment with quality and quantity of published research, teaching, and contributions to the field fully warranting the Distinguished Fellow designation,” wrote Meredith Minkler, DrPH, MPH, Professor and Chair, Health and Social Behavior at the University of California Berkley who coordinated the nomination effort.

A panel of SOPHE members reviewed nominations from across the country as part of its awards process and the organization’s Executive Committee felt “you are especially worthy of the Distinguished Fellow Award given your significant and lasting contributions to health education and to SOPHE,” wrote Carmen J. Head, MPH, CHES, Awards Committee Staff Liaison for the organization. T

he award will be presented during SOPHE’s 59th Annual Meeting Awards Banquet will be held Saturday, October 25, 2008 in San Diego.

Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322

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