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Fatima Ali PharmD’18 was, among the 40 students selected this year to participate in the Paul Ambrose Scholars Program. The program allows students to participate in a public health symposium and provides funds to implement a community-based public health project.
Ali will attend the Student Leadership Symposium in Savannah, GA from April 5-7, 2017 where she will join health professions students from across the country with similar interests in prevention and population health.
The Paul Ambrose Scholars Program exposes health professions students to influential public health professionals and prepares them to be leaders in addressing population health challenges at the national and community level. Scholarships are awarded to students to conduct a community-based health education project at their institution or community.
Since 2002, more than 600 students from over 220 academic institutions have become Paul Ambrose Scholars, equipped with leadership and organizational skills in public health education that can only be developed outside of the classroom. The program is planned and implemented by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR). The program has support from the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
The program honors Paul Ambrose, MD, MPH who was onboard American Airlines flight 77 that was hijacked on Sept. 11, 2001. Dr. Ambrose was the seventh APTR Luther Terry fellow and senior clinical advisor in the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. He worked closely with the Surgeon General’s office and his commitment to promoting public health and preventing disease was a critical force in the development of The Surgeon General's Call To Action To Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity for which he served as a senior editor for the publication.
Dr. Ambrose had an accomplished career and left behind a powerful and far-reaching legacy, including the Paul Ambrose Scholars Program. Following his personal vision, the program supports leadership development for students pursuing careers in preventive medicine and public health.