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.
2015 Distinguished Alumna: Mary Travis Bassett, MPH ’85
Dr. Mary Travis Bassett has devoted her 30-year career in public health to advancing health equity. Her work has taken her from addressing one of the world’s worst AIDS epidemics in Zimbabwe, to strengthening health systems in Africa, to establishing district health offices in disadvantaged neighborhoods of New York City. Since January 2014, she has served as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.