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David R. Williams, PhD, MPH to Receive 2013 Stephen Smith Award for Distinguished Contributions in Public Health from The New York Academy of Medicine

NEW YORK—David R. Williams, PhD, MPH of Harvard University and the Harvard School of Public Health will be awarded the 2013 Stephen Smith Award for Distinguished Contributions in Public Health from The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) at its 166th Anniversary Discourse and Awards on November 7, 2013. The event will take place at 6:00 p.m. at NYAM (1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street) and is free and open to the public with registration.
Every year NYAM hosts its Anniversary Discourse and Awards to pay special tribute to individuals with distinguished accomplishments inhealth policy, public health, medicine, and scientific research. This commemorative evening is part of NYAM's heritage and has become NYAM's centerpiece event each fall. The first anniversary program on November 10, 1847, was marked by an oration delivered to an audience of 2,500 people at the Broadway Tabernacle by Dr. John W. Francis. This tradition of an annual discourse on an important issue of the day has continued for 165 years. The medal for distinguished contributions in public health, named for Stephen Smith, an Academy Fellow and pioneer in the field of public health, was first given in 2005.
“Dr. Williams has made invaluable contributions our understanding of the impact made on health disparities and has been a leader in national efforts to broaden public understanding of the critical social determinants of health. We are proud to honor him with the 2013 Stephen Smith Award for Distinguished Contributions in Public Health,” said Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, President of The New York Academy of Medicine.
Dr. Williams is the Florence and Laura Norman Professor of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health, and Professor of African and African American Studies and of Sociology at Harvard University. Dr. Williams is an internationally recognized authority on social influences onhealth and his research has enhanced our understanding of the complex ways in which race, socioeconomic status, stress, racism, and religious involvement can affect health. He is the author of more than 300 scientific papers and he has served on the editorial board of 12 scientific journals and as a reviewer for over 60 others. He has served on the National Committee on Vital and HealthStatistics and on eight committees for the Institute of Medicine including the Committee that prepared the Unequal Treatment report. Dr. Williams has also played a visible, national leadership role in raising awareness levels of the problem of health disparities and identifying interventions to address them. This includes his work as the staff director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Commission to Build a Healthier America and as a key scientific advisor to the award-winning PBS film series, Unnatural Causes: Is inequality Making Us Sick?
About The New York Academy of Medicine
The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) advances the health of people in cities. An independent organization since 1847, NYAM addresses the health challenges facing the world’s urban populations through interdisciplinary approaches to policy leadership, innovative research, evaluation, education, and community engagement. Drawing on the expertise of diverse partners worldwide and morethan 2,000 elected Fellows from across the professions, NYAM’s current priorities are to create environments in cities that support healthy aging; to strengthen systems that prevent disease and promote the public’s health; to eliminate health disparities; and to preserve and promote the heritage of medicine and public health.

Posted on October 29, 2013

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