PUBLIC HEALTH’s Dr. Jay Maddock receives national award

Dr. Jay Maddock, Director of the University of Hawai`i’s Office of Public Health Studies at the John A. Burns School of Medicine received a national award at the American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting last month. The Hawai`i Public Health Association nominated Dr. Maddock for the 2012 Council of Affiliates (CoA) Award for Excellence, and he was selected from applicants nationwide.

Immediate past chair of the CoA, Pam Aaltonen, read the citation and presented the award at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco on October 27. This award was a complete surprise to Dr. Maddock as HPHA nominated him without his knowledge.

Dr. Maddock receives the award from Pam Aaltonen, in San Francisco last month.

Dr. Maddock’s youth was a surprise to some of the judges. One of them remarked upon meeting him that with all the accomplishments noted in the award nomination, she had expected a person much further into his career. Dr. Maddock is working, along with UH Manoa, to re-establish public health in its own school, to be named the School of Global and Community Health.

In addition to an attractive glass award, Dr. Maddock received lei, including one made especially for him by his son. OPHS faculty member Dr. Maile Taualii also danced a hula in honor of his achievement accompanied by Thomson Enos of the musical group “Typical Hawaiians”.

The Excellence award was one of five given that night for Outstanding Student, Outstanding Affiliate, Chair Citation and Advocacy. More photos of this event can be viewed on the Hawai`i Public Health Association’s Facebook page.

Dr. Maddock is the incoming first Chair of the new American Public Health Association (APHA) Physical Activity Section. Our main featured photo shows Dr. Maddock surrounded by his colleagues, in San Francisco.

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