Gail Douglas Award

Winners of the Gail Douglas award

The Activist Lab is proud to present the Gail Douglas Award, given annually to one of our valued public health practice partners.

In June 2006, BU School of Public Health established an award for excellence in public health practice meant to acknowledge a member of the public health practice community for outstanding contributions to public health. The first recipient was Acting Dean of Practice Gail H. Douglas, an honor she received on the eve of her retirement.

Over the past several years, the Gail Douglas Award, which offers a $1000 prize, has been presented to remarkable public health professionals, including Letitia “Tish” Davis, founder of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Occupational Surveillance Program; Robert Restuccia, executive director of Community Catalyst; Sarah Johnson of Management Sciences for Health; and Sophie Godley, then Deputy Director of the AIDS Action Committee, and Dr. Alfred DeMaria, Massachusetts State Epidemiologist.

Past recipients of the Gail Douglas Award:

  • 2006: Gail Douglas, Associate Dean, Boston University School of Public Health
  • 2007: Letitia “Tish” Davis, Founder and Director of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Occupational Surveillance Program
  • 2008: Robert Restuccia, Executive Director of Community Catalyst
  • 2009: Sarah Johnson, Management Sciences for Health
  • 2010: Sophie Godley, Deputy Director of the AIDS Action Committee
  • 2011: Alfred DeMaria, Massachusetts State Epidemiologist
  • 2012: Winnie Suen, Geriatrician and palliative care physician at Boston Medical Center
  • 2013: Nicole Daley, Director, Start Strong Initiative, Division of Violence Prevention, Boston Public Health Commission
  • 2014-15: Staff of Bureau of Infectious Disease, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  • 2016: Rachel Goodman and John Kane, Boston Housing Authority