Alumni 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.


Joyce E. Tapley ’90, MHA, named 2022 Alumni Impact Award winner  

The School of Public Health has selected Joyce E. Tapley as the 2022 Alumni Impact Award winner. This award is the highest recognition the School bestows on alumni who are trailblazers, groundbreakers, influencers, educators and mentors with a demonstrated record of impactful service and achievement across public health disciplines and settings.

Tapley is a 30+ year leader in the health care industry, and has been the Chief Executive Officer of Foremost Family Health Centers since 1998, which provides comprehensive health services to communities in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, regardless of their ability to pay. Providing equity in healthcare has been a lifelong passion of Tapley’s, who received her Master's of Health Administration from the School of Public Health in 1990. She hosts the monthly podcast, Healthcare Chat with Joyce Tapley, which covers the intersectionality of healthcare, social issues and public policy. As the award winner, Tapley will address the class of 2022 at the School’s graduation celebration June 12. 

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