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Dr. Anne Rimoin, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology, will be honored by Johns Hopkins University for her work as a public health scientist
Dr. Anne Rimoin, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology, will be honored by Johns Hopkins University for her work as a public health scientist, including during the international response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The leadership and vision that you have demonstrated are a source of great pride to Johns Hopkins and truly worth celebrating,” said Anika Penn, president of the university’s alumni association, who co-signed a letter about the honor with JHU’s president, Ronald J. Daniels. “As you know, Johns Hopkins is a community that fosters bold ideas, incisive breakthroughs, and path breaking research driven by excellence and ingenuity … you embody the best of our university and have contributed immensely to this work.”
Rimoin will formally receive the 2021 JHU Alumni Association’s “Global Achievement Award” at a ceremony later this year, organizers said. Rimoin earned her doctorate from Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2003, and has served as a professor at UCLA’s Fielding School since 2004.
Along with teaching, she also serves as director of the Fielding School’s UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health and director of the UCLA-DRC Health Research and Training Program in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa, where she has studied emerging infectious diseases, including Ebola, Monkey pox, and Marburg, for more than a decade in partnership with Congolese public health officials. Her work has been supported by the (U.S.) Food and Drug Administration and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the US National Institutes of Health (NIAID-NIH), and is a Fellow of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
Since the 2019 COVID-19 outbreak, she has served as a co-principal investigator on a study of SARS-CoV-2 and healthcare workers, the UCLA HSW/LAC FR COVID-19 Risk Assessment in partnership with UCLA Health and the Los Angeles County Fire Department and principal investigator of the UCLA Veterinary and Zoonotic Surveillance project. She is also leading a study of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in health workers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Rimoin has also served as an expert for the media and the public, including a public service announcement about vaccine safety during the 93rd Academy Awards telecast.
“Hopkins is my benchmark; methods and mentorship is my mantra, and I had both at Hopkins,” Rimoin said. “This is a huge honor, and I am overwhelmed by this decision by JHU and my fellow alumni.”