Dr Sonia Copeland to be awarded for outstanding services to public health
Dr Sonia Copeland, MD, MPH, public health specialist, programme director and adjunct lecturer at Northern Caribbean University, has the distinction of being selected to present the first Professor Albert Reece Distinguished Lecture at the 23rd Annual International Diabetes Conference tomorrow. She will also be the first recipient of the award named in his honour. Dr Copeland receives the award for outstanding services to public health in Jamaica.
The award, along with a citation, will be presented to her by Professor Reece himself, a critical supporter of the University Diabetes Outreach Programme (UDOP) for some 20 years. A Jamaican by birth, Professor Reece is vice-president for medical affairs and dean, School of Medicine at the University of Maryland in the United States.
Dr Copeland's lecture is titled 'Diabetes: A Public Health Challenge'.
YEARS OF EXPERIENCE
She is highly qualified to speak to this subject, having spent many years in the field of public health. Dr Copeland is currently the director of health promotion and protection in the Ministry of Health, Jamaica.
She has served as director, emergency and disaster management, director of policy, planning and development, director of disease prevention and control, medical officer of Health (Clarendon) in the Ministry of health, Jamaica, among other appointments.
Her teaching experience extends to a number of universities in the region: Northern Caribbean University, The University of Technology, Jamaica, and the PAHO-UTech Human Resource Management in the health sector, and the University Hospital of the West Indies as online tutor.
She is a graduate of the Havana University of Cuba, and the University of the West Indies.
The 2017 awardee has received numerous honours and awards, among them:
- 1997: Outstanding service to the Medical Committee: UNITAS, Moravian Church in Jamaica.
- 2005: University of Hirosaki, Japan honorary degree in medicine.
- 2008: Outstanding service to health promotion: Clarendon Health Department
- 2009: Award for Excellence in the category of Medicine & Health Care in recognition of outstanding contributions to the promotion of wellness and healthy lifestyle.
- 2014: Civil Service Long Service Award.
She has to her credit many articles in peer-reviewed journals.