September 3, 2013
Amid a silent auction with glitz, glamour and a celebrity red carpet,S. Elizabeth Ford, M.D., received a Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Dominique Wilkins Foundation last Thursday at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.
As district health director of the DeKalb County Board of Health, Dr. Ford was honored along with Clayton County Commission Chairman Eldrin Bell, TV personality Jocelyn Dorsey, community activist Lila Womak, music producer Dallas Austin, sports personality Deion Sanders and cable television executive Ted Turner.
Other presenters included Dr. David Satcher, director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute and, musician Joey Sommerville and more than 400 guests.
Dr. Ford was nominated for the 2012 Humanitarian Award for her stellar work at the DeKalb County Board of Health tackling severe health problems such as childhood obesity, infant mortality and diabetes using innovative approaches and partnerships.
DeKalb was the only county to receive federal Communities Putting Prevention to Work grants totaling $5.6 million to create smoke-free environments and to reduce obesity and to improve nutrition.
"It was quite humbling to receive such praise and recognition with other such well known recipients and to be presented the award by my hero, Dr. Satcher." said Dr. Ford.
Dr. Ford reminded the 400 attendees of the silent, yet critical, role of public health in touching every one, every day - from inspecting restaurants, to addressing outbreaks, to helping to create smoke-free environments.
Funding from the event will support the American Diabetes Association and the STARS Leadership Foundation to reduce diabetes and to mentor at-risk youth