2004 Behavioral Sciences/Health Services Award to Helen Gift

02/24/04

Honolulu, Hawaii...Dr. Helen Gift (Ruth Stafford Conabeer Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology and Organizational Systems and chair of the Division of Social Sciences, Brevard College, North Carolina) has been named the 2004 recipient of the Behavioral Sciences & Health Services Research Award, presented by the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), convening today for its 82nd General Session.

Professor Gift, who received her PhD in Sociology from Emory University in Atlanta, is being honored for her research and scientific writings and as an advocate for health promotion and disease prevention. She previously served as Chief, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Branch, at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland. While at NIH, she focused much of her effort on the oral health of US veterans. She is co-editor of textbooks in aging and health promotion. She was previously honored with the NIH Director's Award for interagency leadership in planning for health promotion research and programs for older adults, and the US Public Health Service Chief Dental Officer Exemplary Service Award.

The IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Behavioral Sciences & Health Services Research is sponsored by generous funding from Sunstar Butler and is one of 15 Distinguished Scientist Awards conferred annually by the IADR, representing the highest honor the IADR can bestow. Dr. Gift received her award today at the Opening Ceremonies of the IADR's 82nd General Session.

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