Yale will present the C-E.A. Winslow Medal to William H. Foege, M.D., Emeritus Presidential Distinguished Professor of International Health at the Emory School of Public Health, on October 28 at 4 p.m. in Harkness Auditorium, 333 Cedar St.
Foege will deliver a lecture titled "Health for Some." The award and lecture commemorate the outstanding contributions of Charles-Edward Amory Winslow to public health in the United States. In 1915, Winslow established one of the first public health programs in the U.S. at Yale, where he served as department chair and professor for 30 years.
Foege is being recognized for his lifetime of achievements and leadership in epidemiology and public health. In 1966, Foege joined the Smallpox Eradication/Measles Control Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as an epidemiologist and became director of the Smallpox Eradication Program in 1970. The global vaccination campaign led to eradication of the disease in the late 1970's.
Foege served as Director of the CDC from 1977 to 1983, when the agency responded to the earliest HIV/AIDS cases. He formed the Task Force for Child Survival and Development with several colleagues in 1984. The program's success in accelerating childhood immunization led in 1991 to the expansion of its mandate to include other issues that diminish the quality of life for children.
Foege is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and has received honorary degrees from numerous institutions, including Harvard and Emory. He is a recipient of the World Health Organization's Health for All Medal, the Public Health Service Distinguished Service Medal and the Center for Disease Control Special Achievement Award. He is a fellow of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and his research has been featured in over 125 professional publications.
Dean of Public Health at Yale School of Medicine, Michael H. Merson, M.D., will present the C-E.A. Winslow Medal to Foege. The event and a reception held in Harkness Foyer are free and open to the public. For additional information, please call 203-785-2867.