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October 8, 1999

Susan Baker Honored With American Public Health Association's Award for Excellence 

Susan Baker, MPH, professor and associate chair, Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, has been awarded the 1999 Award for Excellence from the American Public Health Association (APHA) for her work in the field of injury prevention and her exceptional contributions to improving public health. The award will be formally presented to Professor Baker in November at APHA's annual meeting.

Mary Ann Gregor, chairperson, American Public Health Association, says, "Susan Baker has labored these last thirty years to bring injury to the forefront of public concern, and to have that concern reflected in meaningful public policy. Her research has encompassed the full range of injury and across all age groups." Gregor adds, "She has been a visionary for the field of injury control. Countless public health professionals, researchers and students have benefitted from her work and contributed to the maturation of the field."

Professor Baker, the first director of the Johns Hopkins Injury Prevention Center, is considered a pioneer in the area of injury prevention and car seat safety. In 1979, her work highlighting the dangers of children being held by adults while riding in cars led to many states passing child-restraint laws. She has written more than 200 major articles in medical and public health journals, as well as articles and books targeted to the general public.

Other awards given to Professor Baker include the Charles A. Dana Award for Pioneering Achievements in Health, the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma's Fitts Oration and the American Trauma Society's Distinguished Achievement Award.

Public Affairs Media Contacts for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: Tim Parsons or Kenna Brigham @ 410-955-6878 or paffairs@jhsph.edu.