Cincinnati--Eula Bingham, PhD, professor of environmental health,
University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine, and a former vice
president of research at UC, is the first recipient of the David P.
Rall Award for Advocacy in Public Health. The American Public Health
Association (APHA) presented Bingham with the award at its annual
meeting recently. She was recognized for her outstanding record of
accomplishments in fighting to protect workers, consumers and citizens
from the danger of environmental and industrial disease. She was
instrumental in the passage of the first community right-to-know
program in Cincinnati. The program resulted in the information
regarding hazardous materials at industrial sites being available to
fire department personnel. She also effectively promoted and
administered the workers right-to-know concept. This ensured a worker's
knowledge and awareness about what is in their health record.
Furthermore, according to the award, Bingham helped restore the
credibility of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration
(OSHA) when she served as assistant secretary of labor from 1977-1981.
award is a tribute to David P. Rall, MD, PhD, who helped transform
environmental health science into a robust scientific discipline and
whose science-based advocacy advanced public health and prevention
across many fields. He started the National Institute of Environmental
Health Sciences in 1971 and the National Toxicology Program in 1978 and
served as director of both simultaneously until 1990. "I am very
honored to be the first recipient of this award," Bingham said. "David
was a long-time colleague of mine. The award is bittersweet in that it
comes following his death." The APHA, which works to improve the health
of the public, will present this award annually.
David R. Smith, MD, president of the Texas Tech University Health
Sciences Center, and a UC College of Medicine graduate, received the
APHA Award for Excellence for his exceptional record of accomplishments
in medicine and their positive impact on countless lives.