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July 25, 2002


Emory Physician Recognized As Outstanding Young Public Health Researcher

Dr. Debra Houry Receives 2002 Jay Drotman Award from American Public Health Association

Debra Houry, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor, Emory University Department of Emergency Medicine, will be honored with the 2002 Jay Drotman Award from the American Public Health Association (APHA). The highly competitive award recognizes an outstanding young public health researcher under 30 years of age who has demonstrated potential in the health field by challenging traditional public health policy or practice in a creative and positive manner.

The award will be presented at this year's 130th APHA annual meeting, November 9-13, in Philadelphia, PA.

As the newly appointed associate director of Emory's Center of Injury Control, Dr. Houry is particularly interested in the prevention of domestic violence and assaults. She is currently working on a project funded by the Emergency Medicine Foundation to Ômap' domestic violence hot spots using records of 911 calls to determine if there are geographic or demographic patterns to domestic violence households.

Dr. Houry's public health interest began as an undergraduate at Emory. As a house staff assistant, she shadowed residents and spent time at the emergency department at Grady Memorial Hospital. The experience helped her link clinical medicine and public health.

"I saw the need for basic public health measures like immunizations and access to care, and observed so many injuries and illnesses that could have prevented, including domestic violence, motor vehicle accidents and alcohol abuse."

Dr. Houry credits Arthur Kellermann, M.D., for helping to develop her career. Dr. Kellermann is chairman of the Emory University Department of Emergency Medicine and director of the Center for Injury School at the Rollins School of Public Health.

"I first met him when I was a medical student and he has helped me understand the importance of public health, especially injury control," she says.

Dr. Houry received her medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine, her master's in public health from Tulane University School of Public Health and her bachelor's in biology and philosophy from Emory University. She has been a member of the APHA since 2000 and of the American Medical Association since 1994.

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