HSPH student Kevin Chan awarded Trudeau Foundation Scholarship

June 23, 2005

Boston, MA -- A Harvard School of Public Health doctoral student, Dr. Kevin Chan, has been awarded Canada's largest scholarship for doctoral studies in the social sciences and humanities. The Trudeau Foundation Scholarship, valued at $160,000, is awarded annually to up to 15 exceptional Canadians. Dr. Chan, a Toronto resident, is pursuing a doctorate in public health in HSPH's Department of Population and International Health. His current research project examines the little-known "informal" health sector in rural China, comprised of voluntary health workers, pharmacists and families, and its economic contribution to the health system. Dr. Chan will be traveling to nine rural provinces to gather household and community health data.

Deeply involved in international pediatric health issues, Dr. Chan began more than a decade ago with malnutrition work in Malawi that inspired a career-long effort to bring medical aid and a better quality of life to those stricken by poverty, especially children.

"My life has been committed to helping the less fortunate, from the poorest reaches of sub-Saharan Africa to our own inner cities," said Dr. Chan. "And more than ever, I remain committed to global health and the right of every child to have the basic necessities to lead a full and productive life. My charge is simple: over ten million children will die this year from preventable causes. That is ten million children too many."

Among his many appointments, Dr. Chan has served as President, International Child Health Section, Canadian Paediatric Society and Co-Chair of the Canadian Society for International Health. He has previously received a number of awards including the Young Researcher Award at the 23rd annual International Congress of Paediatrics, International Paediatric Association.
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The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation (www.trudeaufoundation.ca) named for the late Canadian prime minister, aims to establish a unique dialogue between outstanding scholars in the social sciences and humanities, and creative individuals with an interest in issues of public policy in government, the professions, business, the arts, and the voluntary sector. Well beyond funding research, the Foundation's goal is to generate and enhance public debate on society's major issues and to provide citizens of Canada and the world with a deeper experience of, and commitment to, democracy.

Harvard School of Public Health is dedicated to advancing the public's health through learning, discovery, and communication. More than 300 faculty members are engaged in teaching and training the 900-plus student body in a broad spectrum of disciplines crucial to the health and well being of individuals and populations around the world. Programs and projects range from the molecular biology of AIDS vaccines to the epidemiology of cancer; from risk analysis to violence prevention; from maternal and children's health to quality of care measurement; from health care management to international health and human rights. For more information on the school visit: www.hsph.harvard.edu

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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