From the Nominator
"The University of Michigan School of Public Health showcases the school’s research in two different ways: faculty research and research performed by a graduate student. In the spring issue of Findings magazine, Michigan Public Health’s new interdisciplinary initiative to tackle public health issues. It’s called PH IDEAS (Interdisciplinary, Discovery, Engagement, and Actions for Society) and focuses on two faculty-led tenants: "Creating Healthy and Equitable Cities" and "Preventing Firearm Injuries." More than half of the world’s population currently lives in urban areas—and experts predict more than two-thirds of its inhabitants will live in cities by 2050. City dwellers face unprecedented social, financial, environmental, and physical challenges that impact health and safety—infectious and noncommunicable diseases, climate change, violence, and countless other issues. In urban and rural areas alike, firearm violence and injury continue to plague communities, becoming one of the most persistent and pressing public health crises in the United States.
In the fall issue, the focus shifts to current Master of Public Health student Oksana Fedorak, a native of Ukraine who moved to Michigan when she was ten years old. She connects with an international health agency for an internship so that she can help with Ukraine college students’ mental health during the war and help prevent human trafficking—a passion of hers. Initially, she got involved because she is fluent in English and Ukrainian and had mental health experience. Her robust public health background allowed her to be a much-needed asset during an international crisis."
From the Judges
The judges were impressed by the nominator’s clear vision, which was effectively presented throughout their nomination. The articles featured in the publication demonstrated a broad appeal, capturing the interest of a wide range of readers. The judges recognized the ability to present a compelling vision and deliver content that resonated with a wide audience.