Without even knowing she had been nominated, Nasima Mannan MPH’13 received an email from UPenn’s Center for AIDS Research Community Advisory Board, announcing her selection as the recipient of its 2012 Red Ribbon Award. The award, created in honor a former youth leader, stands as the highest recognition and was created to honor those who have made significant contributions in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
From her full-time job with Greater Philadelphia Health Action, Inc. to educating women about HIV/AIDS and STD prevention, Mannan has kept herself busy. Her research, mentoring, and volunteer work not only pertains to HIV/AIDS, but Mannan focuses on many aspects of preventative care. She was highlighted in the October/November issue of the Insider for her video work as part of public service announcements tied into healthcare she crafted with fellow classmates.
“Preventative care can be more effective and efficient when serving a community rather than treatment,” she said. “For this reason, it has become my main interest in public health.”
Mannan, who looks forward to completing her Master of Public Health program in May 2013, will receive her honor on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, in conjunction with World AIDS Day at City Hall’s Conversation Hall from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
“Nasima’s work in the community is exemplary of her passion as a public health student, and her professors are all very proud of her,” said Amalia M. Issa, PhD, MPH, professor and chair of the Department of Health Policy and Public Health. “Community engagement is a valuable part of the USciences experience. Nasima is clearly becoming the type of change agent and leader on the front lines of public health and healthcare that we strive to educate all of our students to be.”
Others being honored that day include Dr. Amy Nunn of Brown University; Pastor Arlene Mills-Speakes; Kevin Burns of Action AIDS; and Jose Benitez of Prevention Point Philadelphia.
For a complete list of awardees please visit the Penn CFAR CAB website.