MacLean wins two awards

Nov 28, 2002, vol. 25, no. 7

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David MacLean's contributions to health promotion, disease prevention and public health policy on a regional, national and international scale have garnered him two prestigious awards.

The SFU professor and director of the university's institute for health research and education has been named one of 17 Canadian health heroes by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). A coalition of countries representing 14 per cent of the world's current population, the PAHO is the oldest international public health agency in the world. It is the regional office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO).

The PAHO recently bestowed the title of public health hero on people in each of its 35 member countries who have made substantial contributions to public health. The titles were awarded as part of the PAHO's centennial celebrations.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada also recently awarded MacLean its 2002 award of merit. The award recognizes MacLean's leadership internationally, nationally and provincially in promoting the importance and value of research in primary health care with special emphasis on heart health.

A former physician, MacLean (above) has worked as a rural family doctor and a medical health officer in Nova Scotia. MacLean was behind the creation of a large community-based inter-vention program aimed at preventing and controlling heart disease in Nova Scotia. That program eventually became a demonstration program for similar strategies throughout Canada and in Europe.

MacLean also serves as a health policy consultant to the WHO, on health promotion and chronic disease prevention.

Before coming to SFU about a year ago, MacLean headed the department of community health and epidemiology at Dalhousie Uni-versity's faculty of medicine. MacLean is a member of the board of the Fraser Health Authority, one of five authorities.

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