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Faculty & Staff Honors

Rutgers: Chair to Receive New Jersey Public Health Association’s Felmly Award

Rutgers School of Public Health chair and professor of the Department of Urban-Global Public Health, Dr. Leslie Kantor, has been selected to receive the New Jersey Public Health Association’s (NJPHA) 2019 Lloyd M. Felmly Award.

The Felmly Award recognizes individuals for their outstanding contributions through media to public health in New Jersey. The award is named after Lloyd M. Felmly, editor, of the Newark Evening News and a friend of public health.

Dr. Kantor is a nationally recognized leader in the field of sexual health who regularly harnesses the power of the press to reach a variety of audiences and communities. Her most recent outreach includes a widely circulated op-ed in the New Jersey Star Ledger on access to abortion and a feature in Family Circle on discussing the consequences of sexting with teens.

Dr. Kantor has also developed public health tools that utilize digital platforms, like the

Chat/Text Program, which has been used by more than 1 million middle and high school-aged adolescents and young adults throughout the United States. She’s also developed a series of consent videos on how to give, ask, and understand consent in sexual situations, something that’s gained an incredible amount of attention in recent years.

“Dr. Kantor’s work with media and digital platforms to reach communities is a model for public health advocacy and community engagement,” said Dr. Perry N. Halkitis, Dean of the Rutgers School of Public Health. “Dr. Kantor’s accomplishments are enhanced by her abilities to harness media to communicate and advocate for improved public health policy.”

Dr. Kantor will accept the award on October 4 at NJPHA’s Annual Conference.

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