University of Washington School of Public Health
Distinguished Alumni Awards
The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes an alumnus or alumna with a demonstrated record of distinguished service and achievement in any public health discipline or setting. These alumni have made humanitarian contributions and had significant impact, advancing the field through research or practice. They have also demonstrated exceptional resourcefulness, innovation, and/or creativity.
2016 Distinguished Alumnus: Rogelio Riojas, MHA '77, UW Regent
Rogelio Riojas has devoted his career to providing quality, affordable health care and access to jobs and education, especially for Latinos and migrant workers. In 1978, he founded Sea Mar Community Health Centers and currently serves as its President and CEO. From one location in King County, he has expanded the organization to 11 counties in WA state. The son of migrant farmworkers, Mr. Riojas was one of the first in his family to finish high school and attend college. He currently serves on the University of Washington Board of Regents.