Chet Evans, Rollins College’s chief health innovation officer for the Center for Health Innovation, was recently named the winner of the John and Janet Carson Award for Public Health Advocacy by the podiatric health section of the American Public Health Association. The award recognizes individuals for their contributions to the improvement of human health through public health advocacy and education. The award honors the late John Carson, former Director of Governmental Affairs with the American Podiatric Medical Association who spent his lifetime working as a public health advocate.
“I am grateful to my colleagues for their recognition and selection for this distinguished award,” say Evans, who is also a doctor of podiatric medicine. “I am a true believer in public health and have dedicated my personal and professional life to improving the health of our nation through public and professional education in public health.”
Evans works with the Rollins Center for Health Innovation (CHI) and has developed the new master’s degree program in public health (MPH) at the College’s Hamilton Holt School that will seat its first cohort of students this fall.
Prior to his role at Rollins, Evans started MPH programs at two other institutions—Barry University’s first in-house dual degree DPM/MPH program in podiatric medical education, and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine’s dual degree options of DO/MPH, PharmD/MPH, and DMD/MPH.
Evans also recently authored a chapter in podiatric physician Art Helfand’s book, Public Health and Podiatric Medicine-Principles and Practice, and has written and published extensively on the subjects of podiatry and other public health advocacy issues.
At Rollins, Evans is responsible for CHI’s health forum series, which offer free public health presentations and panel discussions to the public. The forums feature medical and other expert speakers in varying fields related to critical and timely public health issues, including diabetes, obesity, medical errors, brain health, and the Zika Virus.