Blumenthal, a former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General, received the association's highest honor for her lifetime achievements in raising awareness about critical public health issues; her leadership on women's health and global health; and developing innovative programs to address understudied health challenges.
Dr. Blumenthal leads Meridian's new Global Health Program, a key initiative that includes world affairs public briefings and conferences, U.S. State Department International Visitor Leadership Programs, and arts and cultural activities.
"Dr. Blumenthal's 20 years of leadership in global health and health diplomacy has built bridges between nations by fostering dialogue on health through educational programs, training initiatives, and the use of new media to advance global health," said Ambassador
In addition to serving as Chair of the Global Health Program at Meridian, Blumenthal is Director of the Health and Medicine Program at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, where she leads its Commission on Charting New Directions in the field. She also serves as Senior Medical and Policy Advisor at amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research and as a Clinical Professor at
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Blumenthal served as the first ever Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women's Health and Senior Global and e-Health Advisor in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She is an internationally recognized medical expert and leader who has been a major force in bringing important public health issues including disease and violence prevention, women's health and mental illness to increased scientific and public attention. Dr. Blumenthal has been at the forefront of applying technology to improve health and to encourage international collaboration.
Dr. Blumenthal has also provided international leadership on global health, addressing HIV/AIDS, bioterrorism, avian flu, SARS, and the chronic disease epidemic, and has established a Palestinian/Israeli Health Initiative initially supported by USAID. Dr. Blumenthal has served as U.S. Federal government's delegate to the WHO Global Commission on Women's Health.
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