2021 RIPHA Awardees

Dr. Amy S Nunn, PhD received the

Meritorious Program Award for Open Door Health. She is the executive director of RIPHI and Open Door Health.

The Rhode Island Public Health Institute (RIPHI)’s mission is to eliminate health disparities & increase health equity in RI. Open Door Health (ODH), is RI’s first and only primary and sexual health clinic dedicated to serving the LGBTQ+ community.


Dr. Brandon DL Marshall, PhD received the 2021 Public Health Champion Award. He is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology, and is founding director of the People, Place & Health Collective. His research team conducts research that aims to improve the health of people who use drugs.

Maureen Maigret RN, BS, MPA received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Maureen began her career as a RN and worked in a variety of clinical settings for 20 years. A trailblazer for women entering politics, she has sponsored numerous laws to improve health and human

human services, to foster women’s equality and to make government more transparent.

Dr. John Fulton, PhD received the John E Fogarty Award. Dr. Fulton is a chronic disease epidemiologist who currently serves as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Brown. His research has focused on cancer risks and cancer control interventions, especially women’s cancer screening programs.

Dr. Beata Nelken, MD is this year’s recipient of the 2021 Public Health Champion Award. Dr. Nelken is a pediatrician who has spent the last 20 years in service to underserved youth in Providence, Woonsocket, & Central Falls. She recently opened her practice offering free care to uninsured children.

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