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Faculty & Staff Honors

Faculty & Staff Honors

SDSU: Faculty Member Honored as San Diego County Public Health Champion

Dr. Tracy Finlayson, professor of health management and policy at San Diego State University School of Public Health (SPH), was the recipient of the Individual 2019 Live Well San Diego 18th Annual Public Health Champion Award. Awardees have 10+ years of service to public health, and have made substantial contributions to preventing disease and/or injury, or the promotion of health in San Diego County, California.

Dr. Finlayson has dedicated her career to advancing population health, focusing on oral health across the lifespan. She has led numerous community-based research projects, partnered with community-based organizations to conduct needs assessments and evaluations, and has worked to enhance the community’s capacity to advocate for advancing their overall health. Her research explores psychosocial determinants of health. “The importance of oral health to general health is too often underappreciated, but I aim to change that! The mouth is connected to the rest of the body, and oral health can affect and is affected by overall health,” states Dr. Finlayson.

She is recognized as a public health educator, advocate, scholar, mentor, and leader in San Diego County and beyond. Her community-based research projects integrate opportunities for teaching, service, and advocacy efforts for oral health. “Dr. Finlayson is a leading voice in the field, and shares her expertise, by serving on NIH research review panels, state and national workgroups, and has offered trainings and assistance to a wide range of community-based groups working to advance oral health as part of overall health and well-being across the lifespan,” states Dr. Hala Madanat, professor and director of SDSU SPH, who nominated Dr. Finlayson.