Uniting for Health Innovation Partners with Dr. Peggye Dilworth-Anderson, International Scholar and 2018 Pearmain Prize Awardee

Atlanta, GA (December 21, 2017) – Uniting for Health Innovation is honored to announce the appointment of Peggye Dilworth-Anderson, PhD, Professor of Health Policy and Management in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (UNC) as its Senior Scientist Consultant. In this role, Dr. Dilworth-Anderson will provide scientific and programming expertise consultation to the President and CEO, Jennie Ward-Robinson, PhD to develop evidence-based frameworks capable of addressing existing and emerging chronic health problems in the Americas. She will also provide guidance on other strategic areas including, integrating a dynamic systems approach in developing policies and programs on chronic disease care and management.

Dr. Dilworth-Anderson, most recently, received the 2018 Pearmain Prize for Excellence in Research on Aging from the University of Southern California (USC) for which she will accept in February at USC.

“We are excited to partner with such a scholar and visionary of this caliber” said Dr. Ward-Robinson. “Dr. Dilworth-Anderson’s expertise in chronic disease care and management, including her phenomenal research on health disparities, will further ensure the Foundation is well-positioned to provide superior leadership to advance innovation in public health”.

Dr. Dilworth-Anderson’s areas of expertise include family caregiving to dementia patients, minority aging and health, and chronic disease care and management in cultural context. Her overall research focus is on health disparities with an emphasis on building knowledge to inform researching, translating and disseminating information on chronic disease care in medically vulnerable populations. She is also the 2010 recipient of the Ronald & Nancy Reagan Alzheimer’s Research Award for her research contributions on Alzheimer’s disease in underserved populations.

Dr. Dilworth-Anderson has served on numerous boards, committees, and in leadership roles that address aging issues and healthcare outcomes including the National Research Advisory Council of the Institute on Aging/NIH (2007-2011) and the Forum on Aging, Disability & independence – Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in 2012-2014. In 2010, she was president of the Gerontological Society of America. She currently serves on the Global Council on Brain Health (2015-2018) with 12 other national and international scholars, is a member of the Robert Wood Johnson National Advisory Board for the Clinical Scholars Program, and she is a member of the board of directors of the Alzheimer’s Association, Eastern North Carolina Chapter.

Dr. Dilworth-Anderson has taught courses in aging, qualitative research methods, and most recently in translational health disparities. In addition to teaching, she has dedicated many years to mentoring graduate students, fellows, and junior and mid-career faculty. In recognition of her mentoring, she received the Minority Task Force Mentor Award in 2006 from the Gerontological Society of America and the University of North Carolina Faculty-to-Faculty Mentoring Award in 2012 from the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council.

“I am honored to serve as a senior scientist consultant to the Foundation. I look forward to using my knowledge and experiences in addressing chronic health problems and disparities in medically vulnerable populations that will build upon the Foundation’s successes and affect future successes” said Dr. Dilworth-Anderson.

For more information or any inquiries about partnership opportunities, please contact Minerva Saddler, Interim, VP, Partnerships and Engagement by phone at 1-844-35-PAHOF (1-844-357-2463) or via email at msaddler@ufhi.org.




About Uniting for Health Innovation

Uniting for Health Innovation (the Foundation) exists to respond to existing and emerging health threats in the Americas.  Created by the Pan American Health organization, the Foundation with its partners, identifies and engages relevant stakeholders to develop programs, mobilize public and private sector resources, share knowledge, and convene and collaborate to improve the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age – building healthier, more secure futures for families, communities, and countries across the Americas.

The Foundation achieves its mission by activating a multi-stakeholder framework through which it convenes and mobilizes resources across sectors to leapfrog on successful outcomes that enable countries to innovate their public health systems and respond by activating strategic investments as relevant for their countries.  Examples of the Foundation’s contributions include leveraging knowledge and expertise; catalyzing and integrating innovative thought and dialogue; securing and applying commitments for system change; and sustainable public health advancement.  Finally, the Foundation is committed to demonstrating efficacy of our efforts and stewardship of investment through monitoring and evaluation, reporting and dissemination, and ongoing planning.

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About UNC

Consistently recognized as one of the top public health schools in the nation, the Gillings School of Global Public Health has been home to the top public health leaders and students for over 75 years.

Our mission is to improve public health, promote individual well-being and eliminate health inequities across North Carolina and around the world. Dedicated to our mission, the School is constantly moving forward to anticipate future health threats and accelerate public health solutions. Our commitment to excellence is part of everything we do: teaching, research, scholarship, practice and bridging the gap between academic research and practical public health solutions.