|Allgood and Parham Hopson selected as UNC Distinguished Alumni|
|October 02, 2012|
Gregory S. Allgood, PhD, and Deborah Parham Hopson, PhD, alumni of UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, have been designated winners of The University of North Carolina's Distinguished Alumni Award. They will be honored at University Day ceremonies on Friday, Oct. 12.
Allgood received Bachelor of Science (1981) and Master of Science in Public Health (1983) degrees from UNC's public health school. Parham Hopson received Master of Science in Public Health (1979) and Doctor of Philosophy (1990) degrees from the School.
Allgood, who earned a doctorate at North Carolina State University, is a senior fellow in sustainability organization at Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble. He led a team that developed an inexpensive powder that, with a little stirring and time, causes impurities in water to coagulate, allowing them to be filtered through a cloth. The powder precipitates impurities like particles of dirt and bacteria, as well as parasites such as cryptosporidium and giardia, which can cause severe intestinal illnesses. The product, PUR Water Purifier, was named by Popular Mechanics magazine as one of the top 10 world-changing innovations of 2008.
This fall, Procter & Gamble and UNC announced that their collaboration in the Children's Safe Drinking Water Program had resulted in the 5 billionth liter of clean water being delivered to those in need. The celebratory liters were shared by Allgood in Lilongwe, Malawi, at the UNC Project-Malawi. Read more about the occasion online.
Parham Hopson, who received an undergraduate degree in nursing and health from the University of Cincinnati, is associate administrator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB), where she is responsible for managing the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009 (Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program).
The $2 billion program funds medical care, treatment, referrals and support services for uninsured and underserved people living with HIV disease as well as training for health care professionals.
Parham Hopson holds the rank of assistant surgeon general and rear admiral in the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS), having entered the Corps in 1984 with HRSA's Bureau of Community Health Services.
Prior to her USPHS career, she served as White House intern, Presidential Management intern, and research associate at the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine. Her clinical practice was in neonatal intensive care nursing.
Each year on University Day, Carolina presents a maximum of five awards to distinguished alumni who have made "an outstanding contribution to humanity in any walk of life." Individuals are nominated by the Honorary Degrees and Special Awards Committee, recommended by the Faculty Council and approved by the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees.
A list of previous awardees, including public health school alumnae Leah Devlin, DDS, MPH, and Ida Friday; Andy Griffith; Bill Friday; and others, is available online.
Read more about Allgood, Parham Hopson and other public health leaders in Carolina Public Health magazine.
|Last updated October 02, 2012|