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GSPH’s Gerald Barron Honored by Allegheny County Medical Society

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 11, 2010 – Gerald M. Barron, M.P.H., associate professor of health policy and management and deputy director of the Center for Public Health Practice at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH), has been named the 2009 recipient of the Allegheny County Medical Society (ACMS) Benjamin Rush Individual Public Health Award. He will receive the award at the ACMS Foundation Gala on January 30 at Heinz Field.

“In light of Gerry’s well-known, extraordinary commitment to public health and community education, he is certainly most deserving of this award,” said Douglas F. Clough, M.D., ACMS president. The award is given by the ACMS in appreciation of outstanding volunteer contributions to the health and welfare of the citizens of Allegheny County.

Barron’s expertise is designing and evaluating programs and initiatives to promote community health. In a career spanning 35 years, he has assisted in the development of a community-based family practice system of health care for the residents of Astana, Kazakhstan; acted as an environmental health consultant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on a program to safely dispose of hazardous waste; and advised environmental health officials across the region, nation and world.

Barron also is director of the Pennsylvania Preparedness Leadership Institute at GSPH’s Center for Public Health Practice. Prior to his position at GSPH, he was deputy director for operations at the Allegheny County Health Department. He is past president of the Pennsylvania Public Health Association and the Pennsylvania Environmental Health Association, and a member of many community advisory boards. Barron received GSPH’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2008.

The Benjamin Rush Individual Public Health Award was established in 1947 in honor of physician Benjamin Rush (1745-1813), a professor of medical theory and clinical practice at the University of Pennsylvania and signer of the Declaration of Independence.

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