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APAO Receives APAnet Award

The NIH Asian and Pacific Islander American Organization (APAO) recently received the DHHS Asian Pacific American Network (APAnet) Special Award. It was presented to Lucie Chen, APAO president, at the second annual DHHS APAnet Leadership Training Conference and Awards Ceremony at the Parklawn Bldg. APAnet's mission is to advance interests and address issues of Asian Pacific Americans within the department and in the APA community. APAO was honored for its implementation of the White House Initiative for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, its support of other Asian Pacific American organizations, and sustained commitment to cultural and workforce diversity. Also winning recognition were NIH acting director Dr. Ruth Kirschstein, and Prahlad Mathur, APAO vice president. To find out more about APAO, visit

Alumni Honor Post's Health Section

Reporter Sally Squires (l) accepts on behalf of the Washington Post health section the NIH Alumni Association's Public Service Award for 2001. Alexander Adler (r), who nominated the paper, presented the award at the association's annual meeting June 2. Adler, the founding editor of the NIH Record, is a member of the association's board of directors. He called the Post's health section "an important weekly publication that is a model for health communication." He said the award recognizes the section's "comprehensive coverage of research findings and changes in health care delivery, and its clear explanations of how medical evidence is weighed and how ethical issues are evaluated in real-life situations." The award, the association's most prestigious, has been given since 1993. The first recipient was the late Rep. William H. Natcher of Kentucky. Other recipients include former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, Rep. Constance Morella of Maryland, Dr. June E. Osborn, president of the Josiah Macy Foundation, and Dr. Robert Butler, founding director of the National Institute on Aging. Members of the NIH Alumni Association include current staff members, retirees and those who have left NIH for work in other organizations. The association promotes the interests of NIH and provides service to its members. For more information call the NIHAA office at (301) 530-0567.

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