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Publish Date: 11/30/00
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UC Professor Receives Inaugural David P. Rall Award

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.

The 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.

In addition, 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.

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