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Each year, The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) takes time to honor individuals who advance the cause of urban health in the most unique and innovative ways. This year’s 18th Annual Gala awardees were no less deserving of this honor. Thomas Harrison, Chairman of Diversified Agency Services Omnicom, was recognized for his leadership in health care issues, his involvement in several health-based organizations, and his contributions as a Trustee and Fellow of NYAM.
Jack and Susan Rudin, two New Yorkers who embody the truest meaning of public service, were selected as NYAM’s 2012 Urban Health Champions for working to shape the many ways we think of urban health, especially through their support for policies and programs that meet the needs of medically underserved communities.
The nearly 300 guests who attended the Gala at The Pierre included Herman Schaper, Ambassador to the United States from The Netherlands, New York State Health Commissioner Nirav Shah, MD, New York City Councilmember Jessica Lappin, and Dr. Jacob Kumaresan, Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Centre for Health Development in Kobe, Japan, among many others.
In his remarks, Mr. Harrison recalled his first meeting with Dr. Barondess, a meeting that had a profound impact on his decision to become involved with NYAM.
“Jerry looked out his window facing Fifth Avenue and said "why is it that these people are in good health and have access to medical care, while people on this side (turning his chair to face Harlem) do not have access to medical care?'"
Mr. Harrison did not have an immediate answer for Dr. Barondess but he knew from that moment that he wanted to become involved with NYAM.
Jo Ivey Boufford, NYAM President, spoke about Jack and Susan Rudin’s many civic accomplishments.
“Here at NYAM, we have been privileged to host the Annual Lewis and Jack Rudin New York Prize for Medicine and Health, and the Lewis Rudin Glaucoma Prize established by the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation,” Boufford said. “The Foundation’s core support for NYAM's programs to stimulate the field of urban health research in the early years of NYAM’s pioneering work in this area and their recent support for the Age-friendly NYC initiative are among the many examples of their guided philanthropy."
Mark Bodden, Administrator and Program Director of the Rudin Foundation, received the award on behalf of Susan and Jack Rudin.
"Jack and Susan are indeed proud to be associated with the good work of NYAM," Bodden said. "We look forward to maintaining this important partnership for many years to come."
Dr. Boufford then introduced Dr. Nirav Shah, the New York State Health Commissioner, who presented Dr. Boufford with an award of achievement in honor of her work as an “advocate for population health and patient-driven practice without peer."
"With NYAM, Dr. Boufford is defining the very space in which our important policies will be made, not only for the next few years, but for the next few generations," Dr. Shah said.
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Posted on June 29, 2012
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