Tuesday, June 1, 2010
By Lisa Cisneros
Source: UCSF News Services
Chancellor Sue Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH, joined members of the UCSF community to honor outstanding service to the public, patients and the University during the 2010 Founders Day Luncheon on May 21.
Dixie Horning, executive director of the UCSF National Center for Excellence (CoE) in Women's Health, who received a public service award, brought the crowd to its feet in one spirited moment when she asked everyone to join hands in celebration.
“I think you have a future career as a preacher,” Desmond-Hellmann told Horning.
During the annual feel-good event, the following members of the UCSF community thanked their families, friends and colleagues for their support as they received these awards in Millberry Union Gymnasium:
Chancellor Sue Desmond-Hellmann presents the Chancellor’s Award for Public Service to Rochelle Dicker, an assistant professor of surgery.
Rochelle Ami Dicker, MD, assistant professor of surgery and trauma surgeon, was honored in the faculty category for her work as director and founder of the Wraparound Project, a violence prevention program at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH).
The project, which uses case managers to address the root causes of violence and find resources to address these factors, is a successful hospital-based model that is stopping the cycle of violence, a problem that primarily affects African Americans and Latinos, Dicker noted. It is being replicated elsewhere, including UC Davis.
The Wraparound Project is an example of how the University is fulfilling its strategic goals of reducing and eliminating health disparities, Dicker said.
Horning, who is also executive director for Administration and Finance for Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, was recognized in the staff category for her many contributions locally and nationally to groups that focus on improving the lives of those marginalized by ageism, sexism, racism, classism and poverty.
“Most of you would be surprised by the depth and breadth of Dixie’s civic engagement,” said Nancy Milliken, MD, director of the CoE in Women’s Health.
Lauded as a “passionate and powerful public servant” and a “transformational change agent,” Horning has been actively involved in organizations, including the Gray Panthers, Glide Memorial Church and the Beijing International Women’s Conference. She now serves as co-chair of the University Community Partnerships program, which works to cultivate and sustain strong collaborations between UCSF and the community.
Horning was recognized on April 28 with a proclamation from the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women for her leadership promoting women’s health and community service.
Josie Lehrer, center, who was honored for public service, is joined by friends and colleagues.
Jocelyn Lehrer, ScD, a postdoctoral research fellow, was honored in the student, resident, postdoctoral scholar category for public service for her varied activities ranging from fostering an HIV support group to serving on boards of nonprofit organizations.
She is also recognized for organizing events and special projects, such as the groundbreaking the Men’s Story Project, which examines social ideas about masculinity using the arts as a medium for community-building and social change.
Upon receiving the award, Lehrer thanked her parents for being role models who demonstrate “what it means to be a good person.”
Cynthia Perlis, left, stands with Jeffrey Pearl and a colleague before she received the UCSF at Mount Zion Milton and Helen Pearl Award for Outstanding Service.
Cynthia Perlis, director of the Art for Recovery and the Ida & Joseph Friend Cancer Resource Center at the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, is hailed for demonstrating an exceptional willingness to render additional service of distinction to others above and beyond what is ordinarily expected.
Erika Grade, patient care manger at UCSF at Mount Zion, praised Perlis for her dedication and service that “represents the best” of UCSF.
Perlis, a member of the UCSF community for 19 years, credited Ernest Rosenbaum, MD, for hiring her in 1988 and his vision that has made Art for Recovery an award-winning program that creates a safe haven for patients and staff to be heard, to express their feelings and find support.
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