2011 Mary Bobbitt-Cooke Awardee:
Dr. Howell Wechsler, EdD MPH, Director, Division of Adolescent and School Health for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Dr. Wechsler (pictured middle) received the award at the 2011 DHPE Member Institute in New Orleans.
The award was presented by Nancy Berger, MPH with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (pictured right). Also pictured (left) is Dr. Susan Goekler, PhD MCHES, DHPE Executive Director.
In 2010, DHPE created an annual endowed award in Mary's name to recognize and promote exceptional work in school wellness, one of her passions.
The Board and membership of the Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) notes with sadness the passing of Mary Bobbitt-Cooke on August 19, 2010, following her valiant battle with cancer. Mary was a trail-blazing leader in health promotion and health education. She served both the profession and DHPE as an active Board Member and leader for many years.
Mary was an inspiration to all of us in the health promotion field whether we worked in state or local health agencies, academic institutions or in her much beloved North Carolina communities. Mary's Healthy Carolinians work pushed the frontiers of local public health promotion practice. In doing so, Mary developed a practice model over a span of two decades that others have admired and strived to emulate. Mary was an advocate, leader, colleague, friend and an admired public health professional. Even in her most witty or casual moments, Mary never forgot who and what was important in this work. For all of us who knew Mary, we are much richer having been a part of her life, work and legacy.
It was Mary's wish that donations be made to one of the following organizations where memorial accounts have been established in her name: The Foundation for Healthy Carolinians and Directors of Health Promotion and Education. DHPE has created an endowed award in Mary's name to recognize and promote exceptional work in school wellness, one of her passions. Contributions may be sent to the following addresses:
Foundation for Healthy Carolinians
PO Box 58275
Raleigh, NC 27658-8275
Contact: Debi Nelson at: 919-707-5155
Directors of Health Promotion and Education
Mary Bobbitt-Cooke Award Fund
1015 18th St., Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036
Contact: DHPE Headquarters
Our sympathy goes to Mary's husband, Christopher