November 5, 2007

The APHA held a special tribute to our own Dr. Alice M. Horowtiz. The tribute included a scientific session entitled, Oral Health Promotion Research: Where have we been? Where should we go? held on November 6th.
The program for the tribute reads:
This tribute honors Dr. Alice M. Horowitz: scientist, teacher, public health practitioner and activist, mentor, philanthropist, colleague and friend. The session highlights oral health promotion related research initiated by Dr. Alice M. Horowitz that has served to catalyze other investigations and public health action.

Dr. Horowitz spent 36 years with the Department of Health and Human Services, the majority of which were with the National Institutes of Health. Currently, she is the senior advisor to the dean for health literacy at the School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park. Her accomplishments have been recognized and her expertise is sought by Surgeons General and by national and international federal and professional organization leaders and groups. She is a tireless advocate working to eliminate health disparities while making unique contributions to research, education, service and policy development. Her work in health education, NIH consensus development conferences, Healthy People national health promotion and disease prevention objectives and health literacy are a few examples of her diverse non-stop public health career. Most recently her generosity has established the first academic home for health literacy research, the Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy at the School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park, in honor of her husband's legacy.

Dr. Horowitz' creativity, leadership, dedication to and passion for bettering the public's health have stimulated and seeded new areas and vistas in oral health promotion research. In addition, her public health actions and personal mentoring of individuals throughout the world are an inspiration and a model to others. Through this symposium we celebrate her achievements and challenge ourselves - as she often does - to delineate needed public health action and research.

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