Former Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshihiko Noda, recently honored Etsuko Kita, MD, PhD, post-doctoral ’91, with the Award for Promoters of a Gender Equal Society. Over the course of her remarkable career, Dr. Kita has provided leadership and vision from Peru to Pakistan, from Africa to Cambodia, and beyond. As a visionary in the field of public health, Dr. Kita honors the deeply-rooted convictions of JHSPH and serves as a role-model for public health leaders emerging in Asia and around the world.
Dr. Kita currently serves as President of Japanese Red Cross Kyushu in Kyusha International College of Nursing, a role in which she advocates tirelessly for expanding horizons for students. Several alumni attended the award ceremony, including Hideyasu Aoyama, MD, PhD, MPH ‘69, Hidechika Akashi, MD, PhD, MPH ‘95, Ogcheol Lee, RN, MPH ‘07, PhD, and Tamotsu Nakasa, MD, MPH ‘95. Dr. Kita is pictured here addressing the more than 300 people who attended the dinner and program in her honor at Fukuoka in November 2012.