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May 2017

John Allegrante, PhD, LHD (Hon.) · 2017 Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award

John Allegrante, PhD, LHD (Hon.), a professor of health education at Teachers College and adjunct professor of sociomedical sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, was presented with the 2017 Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award at the 68th Annual Meeting of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). The CDC Foundation with the James F. and Sarah T. Fries Foundation honored Mr. Allegrante for his extraordinary and indelible contributions to the fields of behavioral sciences and health education as a researcher, academician, ambassador, mentor, and public servant. The Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award, first presented in 1992, recognizes a health educator who has made a substantial contribution to advancing the field of health education or health promotion through research, program development, or program delivery. Mr. Allegrante’s contributions to science fall into three areas: helping people learn about the importance of adhering to self-management of chronic diseases, raising awareness about threats to child and adolescent health, and helping to prepare the public health workforce to promote health and prevent disease, disability, and premature death through education-driven voluntary behavior change activities. Mr. Allegrante has been a leader in developing and strengthening competencies, standards, and quality assurance mechanisms for professional preparation in health promotion. He has led efforts to establish a unified system on accreditation for professional preparation programs in the United States and to develop global consensus on domains of core competencies in global health promotion. These efforts are reflected in standards now being implemented in the United States and Europe.

The Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award was named in memory of Elizabeth Fries, who was professor of psychology at Virginia Commonwealth and codirector of the Cancer Outreach Program. She made many important contributions to program development, implementation, and evaluation.

CDC Foundation (Denver, CO)

Contact: Amy Tolchinsky
Phone: 404.523.3486

Rose Community Foundation · Sheila Bugdanowitz Leadership Development Award

The Rose Community Foundation announced the Sheila Bugdanowitz Leadership Development Award. The foundation has received more than $160,000 in donations in Ms. Bugdanowitz’s memory. During the last few months, Ms. Bugdanowitz's colleagues, friends, and family reflected on her legacy and the best way to honor her with these funds. Ms. Bugdanowitz was energetic about mentoring and guiding emerging leaders in the nonprofit community. To honor and continue her work, the foundation established the Sheila Bugdanowitz Leadership Development Award, using the funds raised in her name. This annual award will recognize, empower, and support emerging professionals in the Greater Denver nonprofit community in the foundation’s five program areas.

Rose Community Foundation (Denver, CO)

Contact: Ann Garcia