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2016 Porter Prize Lecture and Award Ceremony

"Unvaccinated: The Strange History of Vaccine Exemptions"

2016 Porter Prize Lecture on Youtube: Paul Offit, MD

About the Porter Prize

The Porter Prize is awarded in recognition of an individual’s exceptional performance in health promotion and disease prevention. The Porter Prize is named in honor of Milton and Adrienne Porter. Milton Porter (1910–96), as CEO of the L.B. Foster Company, was among the first industrialists in the nation to view the workplace as a site for wellness programs. Activities at his company resulted in smoking cessation, weight loss, and increased physical activity among employees. Understanding the benefits to society of clearly focused, well-managed, and fully funded health promotion and disease prevention efforts is the Porters’ legacy.

2016 Porter Prize Honoree: Paul Offit

Paul Offit, 2016 Porter Prize Winner

The 2016 Porter Prize will be awarded to physician, educator, virologist and author, Paul A. Offit, MD, in recognition of his contributions to health promotion and disease prevention. Offit serves as the director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as well as the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and a professor of pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Offit has published more than 160 papers in medical and scientific journals in the areas of rotavirus-specific immune responses and vaccine safety. He is also the co-inventor of the rotavirus vaccine, RotaTeq, recommended for universal use in infants by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For this achievement he received the Luigi Mastroianni and William Osler Awards from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the Charles Mérieux Award from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, and was honored by Bill and Melinda Gates during the launch of their Foundation’s Living Proof Project for global health. 

Offit is a recipient of many awards and was  elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was a member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to the CDC and is a founding advisory board member of the Autism Science Foundation and the Foundation for Vaccine Research. He is also the author of six medical narratives: 

The 2016 event is sponsored by the

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with additional support from the
 Jewish Healthcare Foundation.

2016 Porter Prize Committee

Lee B. Foster II, chair

Donald S. Burke 
Judith M. Davenport
Philip B. Hallen
Judith R. Lave 
Lois G. Michaels
Wilford Payne
Maya Tuttle
Christina L. Wilds 

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Past Porter Prize Winners

  • 1985    Anne Somers, health economist and author 1986  Clarence Pearson, Peter Drucker Institute
  • 1987    Robert D. Sparks, MD, W. K. Kellogg Foundation 1988  Rev. Fred M. Rogers, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood
  • 1989    J. Michael McGinnis, MD, assistant surgeon general; deputy assistant secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and senior vice president and founding director of the Health Group, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • 1991    Senator John Heinz III
  • 1992    Wilford A. Payne, Primary Care Health Services 
  • 1993    Lisbeth B. Schorr, social worker and author
  • 1994    Jonathan Fielding, MD, University of California at Los Angeles
  • 1995    “It Takes a Whole Community to Raise a Child” 
  • 1996    C. Everett Koop, MD, former U.S. surgeon general
  • 1998    Lester Breslow, MD, University of California at Los Angeles 
  • 2001    Steven A. Schroeder, MD, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • 2002    Gordon DeFriese, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 2003    William Novelli, AARP
  • 2004    Louis W. Sullivan, MD, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and founder of the Morehouse School of Medicine
  • 2009    Nancy G. Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure
  • 2011    Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, PhD, director of the Regulation of Retroviral Infections Unit, Institut Pasteur, Paris; 2008 Nobel Prize for Medicine recipient for the discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • 2014   Michael Moss, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

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