Graduating student Eva Chernoff (MMPH '19) receives the U.S. Public Health Service's Excellence in Public Health Award from Commander Jeffrey R. Miller, MD, MPH, CIC, a CDC Career Epidemiology Field Officer stationed at the PA Department of Health who traveled from the Harrisburg office for the event.
Pitt Medicine and Pitt Public Health graduate, Eva Chernoff (MMPH '19, MD '19) was honored with the 2019 U.S. Public Health Service Excellence in Public Health Award in recognition of her commitment to advocacy, education, and service for marginalized and underserved populations, and leadership in policy change in public health.
Since 2012, the national award is given to medical students who are public health champions advancing the U.S. Public Health Service mission to “protect, promote, and advance the health and safety of our Nation,” helping address public health issues in their community, and advancing initiatives to improve social justice.
After her first year of medical school, Chernoff traveled to the Philippines to research the effectiveness of mass drug administration in preventing soil-transmitted helminth infection among school-age children during the time period surrounding Typhoon Haiyan. “This project was my first glimpse at how a single public health measure could positively impact an entire population and nation affected with an illness,” said Chernoff.
Chernoff completed a master's in public health degree between her 3rd and 4th year of medical school, and was both a Public Health Dean's Scholar and the recipient of the 2017 William T. Green Jr. Award in Public Health. Her master’s essay, "Discrimination and Structural Bias Against Sexual and Gender Minority Medical Trainees: A Qualitative Analysis," was an important qualitative study on a highly relevant topic to the medical school.
In 2018 Chernoff held the title role of Belle, in Scope and Scalpel's satirical med-student production of "Beauty and the Yeast Infection."