The Latest School of Public Health Faculty Awards & Recognition

Public Health faculty were honored in 2020 by Brown’s Office of the Vice President for Research with competitive awards.

Research seed funding awards

Supporting the generation of preliminary data, and the pursuit of new directions and collaborations in research.

Is greenspace associated with mental and physical health among pregnant women? A geo-ethnographic exploration
Researchers hope to develop assessments that capture the relevant environmental features that will permit a better understanding of the mechanisms that underpin associations between greenspace exposure and birth outcomes.
PI: Diana Grigsby-Toussaint, Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Co-PIs: Patrick Vivier, Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice; Professor of Pediatrics; Professor of Emergency Medicine
Kevin Mwenda, Assistant Professor of Population Studies; Associate Director, Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences

The effect of a driver’s license suspension on access to health care
Researchers hope their findings will establish the foundation for estimating the causal effect of a license suspension on health care access, health care utilization, and health outcomes.
PI: Nina Joyce, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
Co-PI: Andrew Zullo, Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice; Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
Co-I: Jasjit Ahluwalia, Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Professor of Medicine

Improving maternal and child health starting in pregnancy: Examining cardio-metabolic risk among women living with and without HIV and their children in South Africa
This project will examine how maternal factors during pregnancy influence metabolic outcomes in women and children and design an intervention to mitigate these factors.
Co-PIs: Angela Bengtson, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
Jennifer Pellowski, Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Co-I: Stephen McGarvey, Professor of Epidemiology; Director, International Health Institute

Richard B. Solomon Faculty Research Award

Supporting excellence in scholarly work by funding faculty research projects of exceptional merit.

Patient Profiles and Settings of Care Following Opioid Use Disorder Related Hospitalizations in Medicare
The objective of this study is to understand the context of opioid-related hospitaliza-tions and emergency department visits with respect to the attributes of the patients, hospital admission, and the settings of care following opioid-related acute care use in order to improve resident quality of life and health outcomes while contributing to national efforts to improve the management of opioid use disorder across settings.
Patience Moyo, Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice

David Savitz, Ph.D. Epidemiology
National Academy of Medicine’s David Rall Medal
The David Rall Medal is awarded to an NAM member who has demonstrated distinguished leadership, showing commitment that far exceeds their responsibilities. During his 26 years of service to NAM, Savitz has srved on the Board on the Health of Select Populations and more than a dozen committees, five of which he has chaired.

Christopher Koller Health Services, Policy & Practice
Barbara Starfield Primary Care Leadership Award
Koller was honored with the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative’s Barbara Starfield
Award for his multi-decade record promoting and supporting the value of primary care as essential to improving the quality and cost effectiveness of health care in the U.S.

Lorin Crawford, Ph.D. Biostatistics
The Root 100
Crawford, who develops efficient computational methodologies to address complex problems in statistical genetics, cancer pharmacology, and radiomics, joined Beyonce and LeBron James on the Root’s annual list of the most influential African Americans age 25-45.

Terrie Fox Wetle, Ph.D. Health Services, Policy & Practice
Fox Wetle Award in Health Services and Aging Research
The American Federation for Aging Research honored Wetle at their Scientific Awards of Distinction Ceremony by announcing a new award named in her honor. The inaugural Fox Wetle Award in Health Services and Aging Research will be presented in 2020.