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12 April 2000

State Honors Advocate for Adolescent Health

Claire Brindis, UCSF professor of pediatrics and health policy, was honored last week by the California Department of Health Services and the State Senate for her efforts to improve the health of adolescents.

Brindis, a member of the UCSF Division of Adolescent Medicine and the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, was awarded this year's Beverlee A. Meyers Award for Excellence in Public Health by the California Department of Health Services. As part of California Public Health Week, she also was recognized by a Senate Resolution on April 9.

"Dr. Brindis has dedicated her life to improving the health and well-being of adolescents in California and throughout the nation," stated presenters of the award at a ceremony in Sacramento. "She is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in the field of adolescent pregnancy and pregnancy prevention, reproductive health services, adolescent health and school-based and integrated health and social services."

Brindis has worked to promote healthy outcomes for adolescent and young adults in a number of projects funded by the Department of Health Services, including the Community Challenge Grants Initiative and the Male Involvement Program. Her evaluation of the Family PACT program has helped to bring reproductive health within the reach of millions of low-income California residents.

At the national level, Brindis has nurtured collaborative efforts with the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy; Advocates for Youth; National Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Parenting and Prevention; the Healthy People 2010 national advisory board's Steering Committee on Adolescent Health, which provided guidance on the development of the CDC's National Health Objectives; and the Forum on Adolescence, Board on Children, Youth and Families, for the National Research Council, Institute of Medicine.

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