Dr. Amy Jessop Honored with Public Health Recognition Award

By Jenna Pizzi

Amy Jessup

 Dr. Amy Jessop, an associate professor of health policy and public health at University of the Sciences and director of Hepatitis Treatment Research and Education Center, received the Individual Public Health Recognition Award from the College of Physicians of Philadelphia on May 10 for her work with Prevention Point Philadelphia.

Dr. Jessop is a member of the board of directors at Prevention Point Philadelphia (PPP), an organization focused on reducing the risk for those who are at high risk for contracting HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis and other blood-borne diseases.

The organization was founded in 1991 as an underground syringe exchange. It was legalized by Mayor Ed Rendell in 1992 and since the organization has worked to reach the most vulnerable populations who are engaging in the most high-risk behaviors.

Dr. Jessop’s award is an acknowledgment of her tireless work and dedication to ensure that underserved populations such as active drug uses, people who were previously incarcerated, and others without access to healthcare receive primary care, HIV and hepatitis testing, counseling, drug addiction referrals and additional social services.

Dr. Jessop and PPP have developed the appropriate services for these underserved individuals providing valuable community resources, especially during these times of epic opiate use in Philadelphia.

The College of Physicians’ 2016 Public Health Recognition Awards recognize those who contribute to the public health of the greater Philadelphia area. Each year the college honors an individual or organization which has given substantially to the health of the community and a student who has shown leadership and excellence among their peers.

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