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Rollins Alumni Association Awards

Promoting preventive health care and championing the underserved
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Brigette Ulin 97MPH, left, and Lieutenant Commander Felicia Warren 990X 01C 08MPH were honored by the RSPH Alumni Association.

Distinguished Achievement Award


Brigette Ulin 97MPH


As director of the Office of the National Prevention Strategy at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Brigette Ulin 97MPH has been integral to the creation and implementation of the nation's first comprehensive plan for preventive health care. Beginning in 2012, she co-led teams from the CDC, the Department of Health and Human Services, and 17 departments within the National Prevention Council to conceptualize and draft the National Prevention Strategy. Since the official release of the strategy, Ulin has been in charge of its implementation across the federal government, as well as preparing annual progress reports that are presented to the President and Congress.

The National Prevention Strategy has provided a critical foundation for communities to address chronic illness by offering evidence-based recommendations for promoting risk reduction and healthier lifestyles. As a result of the strategy, multiple federal departments and public sectors have started prioritizing prevention and have integrated public health considerations into their policy decisions.

Prior to her current post, Ulin spent many years with the CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, where she was responsible for the management of projects addressing the prevention of youth violence, child maltreatment, and teen dating abuse. As part of her focus on violence prevention, Ulin managed a national initiative called Choose Respect, aimed at helping young people ages 11-14 years form healthy relationships to prevent dating violence before it begins. Under her leadership, the Choose Respect initiative received the Horizon Health Education Award from CDC's Public Health Education and Promotion Network.

Ulin began her career at the CDC developing national education campaigns for the National Center for Infectious Diseases, where she was widely recognized as one of the nation's leading experts on the integration of viral hepatitis prevention with HIV and STD counseling and testing.

Ulin earned her MPH in behavioral science and health education nearly 20 years ago but has remained an active member of the Rollins community. She has mentored and hired countless students, served on a variety of committees, is a former member of the Alumni Association Board, and is a current member of the Emory Career Network and Rollins Community Advisory Board.

Matthew Lee Girvin Award


Felicia Warren 99OX 01C 08MPH


Since earning her MPH in 2008, Lieutenant Commander Felicia Warren 99OX 01C 08MPH, United States Public Health Service (USPHS), has dedicated her career to protecting and advancing the health and safety of some of the world's most vulnerable and underserved populations. In her recent role as acting deputy country director in Liberia for the CDC, Warren brought her leadership experience in the field to managing the country office's daily operations.

Warren joined the CDC eight years ago as a program analyst, where she coordinated national HIV/AIDS surveillance activities to assess clinical and behavioral characteristics of HIV-infected adults receiving care in the U.S. In 2011, she began working with the CDC's Center for Global Health as a public health analyst. In this role, she provided technical assistance on projects in Vietnam, Uganda, and South Africa, where she helped develop the 2014 South Africa PEPFAR Country Operational Plan, a $200-million initiative that required the collaboration of multiple nonprofits, NGOs, and government agencies. During that time, Warren also served on the Outbreak Investigation Team in the CDC's Emergency Operations Center, where she helped investigate outbreaks of Salmonella javiana in 2010 and Acanthamoeba keratitis in 2011. During the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa in 2014, Warren volunteered for a 45-day deployment to Liberia, where she conducted case investigations, contact teaching, and health promotion activities to help prevent Ebola transmission in rural communities. Following her service in Liberia, Warren earned several awards from the CDC and the USPHS, including the USPHS Presidential Unit Citation for extraordinary courage and the highest level of performance in action through the U.S. government's Ebola response.

Back home in the U.S., Warren is now a public health adviser at the CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control in the Division of Violence Prevention, where she provides program expertise to the Violence Against Children and Youth team. She has earned many distinguished awards throughout her career and was most recently nominated for USPHS Public Health Professional Advisory Group Junior Officer of the Year for demonstrating exemplary commitment to the mission and values of the USPHS. In her spare time, she volunteers as a site visitor for the Council on Education for Public Health, advising on accreditation standards for public health programs and schools.

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