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September 13, 2012

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Honors Stephen Teret

teret.jpgStephen P. Teret, JD, MPH, a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Law and the Public's Health, today received the prestigious Chairman’s Circle of Commendation Award from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The award was presented by Inez Tenenbaum, chairman of the CPSC, during a press conference at CPSC’s headquarters in Bethesda, MD.

Given annually, the Chairman’s Circle of Commendation Award recognizes individuals, organizations, schools or groups who have made exceptional contributions to consumers in the United States by reducing deaths, preventing injuries and improving consumer product safety.

Teret joined the Bloomberg School in 1979 and is a pioneer in the field of public health law. He is a widely acclaimed national leader in product safety, injury and violence prevention, and food policy. Teret founded the Johns Hopkins Center for Law and the Public’s Health and has served as its director since 2000. Prior to establishing the Center, he served as director for both the Center for Gun Policy and Research and the Center for Injury Research and Policy. One of the initiatives he championed led to more effective warning labels on toys with choking hazards. He has written numerous articles and books on injury prevention and consumer product safety, and is recognized as one of the first people to write about and advocate for the use of litigation as a tool for protecting the public’s health.

Past recipients of the Chairman’s Commendation Circle Award include Nancy Cowles, executive director of Kids in Danger; the Consumers Union; Gary Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio; the ASTM subcommittee on cribs, toddler beds, play yards, cradles and changing tables; and Gene Rider, president of Intertek Consumer Goods.

For more information about the Johns Hopkins Center for Law and the Public's Health, please visit its website.

Media contact: Tim Parsons, director of Public Affairs, at 410-955-7619 or tmparson@jhsph.edu.