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Office of Public Health Practice and Training

Award-Winning Staff

Staff practice awards are given annually by the Office of Public Health Practice and Training in recognition of outstanding public health practice efforts. Read more about our award-winning staff below.

Excellence in U.S. Public Health Practice

Ruth Maiorana

Partner Organization: Maryland Association of County Health Officers (MACHO)

As Executive Director of MACHO, Ruth played a critical role in MACHO's COVID-19 response efforts and helped improve the capacity of local health departments to deliver public health services to Maryland’s citizens.

Rebecca G. Williams, MSPH

Partner Organization: The Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research

Rebecca played a key role in the design, development, and execution of the Center’s Summer Youth Institute on Reducing Gun Violence in America. The Institute engages and empowers youth by strengthening their gun violence prevention advocacy efforts using evidence-based research, fostering peer relationships, and imparting a sustainable advocacy model that promotes healing and builds resilience.

Excellence in International Public Health Practice

Fitri Putjuk

Partner Organization: The Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, Indonesia

As the Indonesia Country Representative for CCP, Fitri provides technical assistance to local, governmental, and NGO partners and donors on family planning and reproductive health, maternal and child health, and hygiene-improvement programs. Her work through the MyChoice project and in partnership with Indonesia’s National Population and Family Planning Board have contributed greatly towards improving reproductive health and quality of life for Indonesian women and their partners.

Excellence in Baltimore Public Health Practice

Morgan Prioleau

Partner Organization: The Johns Hopkins Center for Adolescent Health / HeartSmiles

Morgan plays a key role in engaging and mentoring young people through her role in HeartSmiles and the Center for Adolescent Health. She works closely with HeartSmiles to coordinate programming for impoverished youth in Baltimore city as well as support the organization's infrastructure and operations. The programs create a safe space for young people to share struggles and successes, learn leadership skills, and get guidance from caring adult mentors.

Katrina L. Brooks

Partner Organization: The Johns Hopkins Center for Adolescent Health

Katrina’s work as facilitator and first line of support to the Center’s youth advisory and community advisory boards and citywide partnerships has helped to raise greater awareness of and increase positive practice in adolescent health and youth development. She embodies the Center’s commitment to promoting the health and well being of urban youth through opportunities for connection, collaboration, and engagement.