To celebrate the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Centennial, WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases and 3-term New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg honored global health luminaries from around the world at an event in New York last night.
The Bloomberg Hopkins 100 Awards event, co-hosted by Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels and Bloomberg School Dean Michael J. Klag, honored visionary leaders including:
• Bono, lead singer of U2 and Co-founder of ONE and (RED)
• Dr. Margaret Chan, the Director-General of the World Health Organization
• Dr. Peter Piot, the Director and Handa Professor of Global Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
• His Excellency Dr. Tabaré Vázquez, President of Uruguay
Emceed by Katie Couric and featuring speakers including Vice President Joe Biden and CDC director Tom Frieden, the lively event culminated with the presentation of the Bloomberg Hopkins Emerging Leader Award to Tolbert Nyenswah. This $100,000 award is presented to a current Bloomberg School student or alumnus who has demonstrated exceptional and inspiring public health practice and/or research.
Nyenswah, Liberia’s deputy minister of Health and Social Welfare and a 2012 MPH graduate of the School, led his country’s remarkable turnaround of the Ebola outbreak. (See GHN’s August 2014 interview and January 2015 Q&A with Nyenswah.)
The event followed last week’s announcement of a $300 million gift by Michael R. Bloomberg to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to create the Bloomberg American Health Initiative at the School.
“For 100 years, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has been the single most influential and important school of public health in the world,” said Bloomberg. “Its past and present graduates, faculty, and administrators perform difficult and often thankless work, not for money or fame, but to live up to the school’s motto – saving lives, millions at a time. My involvement with Hopkins and its school of public health has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.”
The Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health was founded in 1916, making it the first independent graduate school of public health. In 2001, the School was renamed for Bloomberg in recognition of his support for Johns Hopkins University and commitment to the field of public health. More information about the School’s Centennial year is available here.
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