AAron Davis, director of the Center for Public Health Initiatives at Wichita State’s Community Engagement Institute (CEI), was recognized by the de Beaumont Foundation Sept. 14 as one of the “40 Under 40 in Public Health” in recognition of his work at CEI.
Founded in 1998, the de Beaumont Foundation focuses on improving health at the community level by investing in tools, partnerships, policies, and the public health workforce.
Under Davis’ leadership, he and his colleagues have been able to double the amount of work that they do to support public health initiatives in Kansas. The center has helped local health departments build resources to address technical skills for areas like electronic health record (EHR) implementation and develop adaptive skills, including those needed for engaging in community policy change.
“A central tenet of government is protecting the health and safety of our population,” Davis said. “This makes public health one of the most essential services we can provide at all levels of government and we have a civic responsibility to enhance this complex and ever-adaptive field.”
The de Beaumont Foundation announced its 2021 list after reviewing applications from hundreds of rising leaders in public health. The group was selected by a distinguished panel of public health professionals for their leadership and impact on their community’s health.
“At a time when health professionals are being required to adapt and take on monumental challenges, we are incredibly proud of these leaders,” said Brian C. Castrucci, doctor of public health, medical assistant, president and CEO of the de Beaumont Foundation. “We created the 40 Under 40 initiative to recognize and tell the stories of rising leaders who are making a difference in communities across the country. By promoting their work and accomplishments, we hope to attract and inspire a new generation of leaders.”