Alumni of Impact Award

The UW School of Public Health recognizes our alumni of impact who have demonstrated a record of distinguished service and achievement across public health disciplines and settings. These recognized alumni are leaders, trailblazers, educators, innovators, influencers and health equity heroes that represent just a slice of the School’s community of more than 10,000 alumni worldwide.

Around the globe, our alumni are collaborating across sectors to expand access to health care, improve maternal and child health, and strengthen health systems. They’re tackling complex health related issues due to climate change, injury prevention and houselessness. Some are creating new research methodologies and building the statistical foundation needed to make advances and breakthroughs in public health and medicine. Not matter what our alumni are up to, they continue to share their wisdom and knowledge with the next generation of public health professionals.

Alumni Impact Award Nominations >>

Submit nominations by November 30, 2023. 


Alejandro Varela selected for 2023 Alumni of Impact Award 

The School of Public Health is pleased to announce Alejandro Varela as this year's recipient of the Alumni of Impact Award. This prestigious award recognizes alumni who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in the field of public health and have made significant contributions to their communities.

Varela is a writer whose work incorporates public health themes, particularly chronic stress related to living in a hierarchical society. He received a Master of Public Health degree from the UW and has since gone on to make significant contributions to the field.

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Watch Alejandro Varela's 2023 SPH Graduation speech