2023 Lyndon Haviland Public Health Mentoring Award

2023 Lyndon Haviland Public Health Mentoring Award

By: Alexandra de Leon Date: September 6th, 2023

Originally Posted to the American Public Health Association


Every year, the American Public Health Association honors excellence in public health leadership and innovation, from state and local health officials to those speaking up for public health from the halls of Congress.

During APHA’s 2023 Annual Meeting and Expo, which officially kicks off Nov. 12, this year’s awards will be presented at an event on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 12:30-2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased during the registration process or can be added by logging back in to your registration record. 

“These outstanding public health leaders and advocates are truly inspiring,” said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, executive director of APHA. “In many different ways, each of them has strengthened the field and helped create healthier communities. They, and everyone else working tirelessly the last few years to advance the public’s health, should be commended and proud of their impact.”

Congratulations Sharon Laing, PhD, MS, associate professor, School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership, University of Washington Tacoma, and adjunct associate professor, University of Washington Seattle School of Public Health, who received the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) 2023 Lyndon Haviland Public Health Mentoring Award for guiding young health professionals involved in community-based research and student programming. In an effort to diversify public health research, Laing recruited minority students to undergraduate research teams, and assisted them in finding scholarships and grant funding to travel and present their research. A member of APHA’s Committee on Health Equity, Laing was also credited with helping secure panelists for a committee webinar aimed at recent public health graduates.

Dr. Laing is also a member of the HIPRC Associate Faculty. The American Public Health Association champions the health of all people and all communities. They are the only organization that combines a 150-year perspective, a broad-based member community and the ability to influence federal policy to improve the public’s health. Learn more at www.apha.org.