The 2022 John B. Waller Jr. DrPH and Menthele (Mikki) Waller Endowed Scholarship for Master of Public Health students was awarded to Monyca Johnson at Wayne State University School of Medicine at the Graduate Celebration on May 5.
The prize is awarded annually to a master’s student in public health. Johnson plans to graduate with her degree in the fall, through the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences.
“As a student in WSU’s master’s program in public health, Monyca impressed educators and students with her academic achievement and work in public health,” said Julie Gleason-Comstock, Ph.D., assistant professor of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences, who presented the award. Johnson handed over. “She will continue to work full-time as a community engagement representative at Development Centers. We are proud of her achievements, including its 2022 publication in the Journal of Frailty and Aging, addressing the challenges of hospitalization and access to medication.”
The award is intended to provide scholarships to students and to honor the legacy of Dr. Waller’s commitment to public health. dr. Waller was a public health professional and academic scientist for over 40 years. He was well known in public health circles, both locally and nationally. In addition to serving as vice president of the American Public Health Association, he was director of public health for the City of Detroit Department of Health, chairman of the Wayne State University Department of Community Medicine, and senior vice president of Urban and Community Health for the Detroit Medical Center. dr. Waller was a committed public health leader who had tremendous influence in shaping public health policy and establishing community health systems in Detroit.
“Recognition of the importance of public health in Detroit and the Wayne State University School of Medicine may have never been greater. The tradition for the endowed scholarship is to mentor and advocate for exemplary students in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences,” said Mikki Waller. “I would like to congratulate Monyca on her achievements and wish her continued success in serving our wonderful Detroit communities. “