JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Public Health Association recently honored distinguished State Board of Health member Dr. Edward Hill, MD, FAAFP, of Tupelo with a prestigious award for his dedication to the field of public health in Mississippi.
The Felix J. Underwood Award is named for the “father of public health in Mississippi,” Felix J. Underwood, who served as the State Health Officer from 1924 to 1958. Those who receive this award are known to share Dr. Underwood’s passion for protecting the health of all Mississippians.
Dr. Hill was first appointed to the State Board of Health in 2006 by former Governor Haley Barbour. Hill has seen the Mississippi State Department of Health through several periods of transition.
“Dr. Hill has been a longtime proponent of public health and educating the public about health for decades. We are proud and lucky to have him as a Board member,” said State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier.
He was named Vice Chairman of the Board in 2011 and has served on numerous Board work groups and committees, including most recently the Primary Prevention and Health Education committee.
Dr. Hill has also served as president of the American Medical Association and board chairman for the World Medical Association, as well as a variety of leadership roles in other state, regional, and national medical organizations.
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