Touro Recognizes Vallejo Public Health Heroes

Vallejo News, April 23, 2014 (Issue 127)

Touro University California has recognized and honored six recipients chosen as this year's Public Health Hero, for their contributions and commitment to public health service and research. Nominees for the annual award demonstrated outstanding leadership on public health issues, community services and/or active involvement in relevant public health research. 

This year's recipients include Andrew Muck and Ruby Warnock for the Student Hero Award. Muck is currently the project coordinator for both the Community Health Promoter and e.n.e.r.g.y. programs, targeting families in low-income housing projects for spreading awareness of the importance of healthy eating and exercise. Warnock recently completed her field study in Cambodia at Marie Stopes International, working on a randomized control trial using mobile technology to provide post-abortion family planning support. 

Joy Dugan, MPH, PA-C, received the Alumni Hero Award. Dugan is a 2012 graduate of Joint Master of Science in Physician Assistance and Master of Public Health program. She is a clinical instructor at Touro University and currently works at the Solano County Family Health Services Clinic in Vallejo, working to expand the self-management and education services for diabetics through group visits at the clinic. 

Carinne Brody, MPH, MA, DrPH, received the Faculty Hero Award. Brody is an assistant professor in Public Health and chair of the Global Health track. She has conducted field research for universities, non-governmental organizations and foundations on maternal and child health in Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Ghana, Haiti, Somalia, Uganda, Kenya and India. 

Kathleen Hahn, RN, MSN, CPNP, received the Community Hero Award. She is the Coordinator of Full Service Community Schools/Student Health Services for the Vallejo City Unified School District. Hahn helped to open Solano County's first School-Based Health Center in 2004 and brings community support to Vallejo's school sites. 

Marquita Marquis, RN, received the Hero Recognition Award. Marquis has worked for more than 40 years in various healthcare related roles, including Public Health Manager at Napa County Health and Human Services Agency. She is also a U.S. Army veteran. 

"All our recipients are visionaries who stand at the intersection of health and the well-being of our communities with a focus on underserved populations," said Shelley Berkley, Senior Provost and CEO of Touro's Western Division. "We are honored to have them receive this most notable award."