Andrea Gielen Receives 2016 Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award

I am delighted to share with you that Andrea Gielen, Sc.D., Sc.M., today received the 2016 Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award. Andrea received this prestigious recognition for her pioneering efforts to reduce childhood injury and domestic violence.

As director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy, Andrea has dedicated her career to improving the health and safety of women and children through health promotion, health education and health communication.

Jim Fries, chair of the James F. and Sarah T. Fries Foundation, noted that throughout her career, Andrea has demonstrated a strong commitment to injury prevention and control. She has shown tremendous dedication to finding innovative ways to improve the health and safety of vulnerable women and children.

Today’s ceremony and lecture took place at the 67th Annual Meeting of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). The Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award recognizes a health educator who has made a substantial contribution to advancing the field of health education or health promotion through research, program development or program delivery. Award recipients receive a $25,000 prize, which Andrea will use to advance the work in child safety.

The CDC Foundation is honored to partner with the James F. and Sarah T. Fries Foundation, which established and funds the Fries Prize for Improving Health and the Elizabeth Fries Health Education awards. As of 2016, the CDC Foundation manages and administers the Fries Foundation’s public health award programs.

Dee Dee Honaman is the director of special projects and Fries Prize administrator for the CDC Foundation.