SPH Awards of Excellence

The SPH Awards recognize exemplary staff, faculty and students for their dedication, service, and many contributions to our School.
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2022 SPH Student, Faculty, and Staff Awards



PhD: Tessa Matson
Health Systems and Population Health

Tessa Matson will graduate from UW’s Health Systems and Population Health Ph.D. program. She is a predoctoral fellow at VA Puget Sound and Research Interventionist at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute. Her overall career goal is to integrate addiction health services within primary care in patient-centered ways that can reduce disparities and help patients feel valued and more informed about treatment options. Her dissertation describes gaps and potential biases in diagnosis and treatment of cannabis use disorder and validates practical tools to improve cannabis use disorder recognition in primary care. After graduating, she will pursue opportunities in implementation science.
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Master's: Horacio Chacon Torrico
Global Health

Horacio is a Peruvian physician that has spent the last seven years working in health metrics and public health. After his MD, he studied Biomedical Informatics to better understand health information systems and support the development of a maternal and neonatal community-led program in the Amazon. He co-developed community health worker-led interventions using information and communication technologies, where his main interests lay in underserved and remote populations. He was awarded an OAS Graduate studies scholarship to pursue his Global Health MPH, and has been working in I-TECH ́s Zimbabwe HIV Care and Treatment program where he contributed to understanding performance indicators and the information system of the intervention ́s Monitoring and Evaluation framework.
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Vickie Ramirez
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

Vickie is known for her leadership and skills as a DEOHS Research Coordinator. She joined DEOHS in 2013 supporting Dr. Peter Rabinowitz’s research, the UW Center for One Health Research and the Alliance for Pandemic Preparedness. Vickie helps set strategy, develop proposals and oversees large federal grants while managing education and training programs, internships and community engagement. Vickie’s commitment to equity, justice and anti‐racism is demonstrated by her work with the One Health Clinic, serving youth experiencing homelessness and their pets by coordinating integrated human and veterinary medical services and projects exploring the impact of emerging health concerns among diverse populations.

Outstanding Staff 

Biostatistics – Minh Vo

DEOHS – Vickie Ramirez

Epidemiology – Cassie Atkinson-Edwards

Global Health – Arika Johnson

Health Systems and Population Health – Nikki Dettmar

Office of the Dean – Amra Habibuddin

Distinguished Faculty Member for Teaching
Amy Willis, Biostatistics

Outstanding Faculty Mentor
Anjum Hajat, Epidemiology

Outstanding Community Service Student
Lori Mae Yvette Calibuso Acob, Public Health-Global Health

Outstanding Teaching Assistant
Yiqun Chen, Biostatistics

Outstanding Community Partner
Mary's Place

Outstanding Undergraduate Students

Public Health-Global Health - Najma Abdi 

Food Systems, Nutrition and Health - Christina Gonzalez

Environmental Health - Amalawa Aiwekhoe 

Health Informatics & Health Information Management - David Sagiyan

Outstanding Master’s Students

Biostatistics - Niki Petrakos 

DEOHS - Shelley Stephan

Epidemiology - Courtney Hill 

Health Systems and Population Health - Coraima Sales-Arteaga

Global Health - Leah Wood

Health Management & Informatics - Molly Cha

Nutritional Sciences - Evelyn Morris

Outstanding PhD Students

Biostatistics - Serge Aleshin-Guendel 

DEOHS - Megumi Matsushita 

Epidemiology - Anna Larsen 

Global Health - Claire Gwayi-Chore 

Health Systems and Population Health - Madeline Frost


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