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The Boston Congress of Public Health Congratulates the inaugural 40 Under 40 Public Health Catalyst Award recipients. 

We invite you to learn more about the winners. Together, they represent the next generation of leaders, entrepreneurs, researchers, scientists, activists, intellectual provocateurs, authors, and directors who inspire and catalyze us all to a more just and equitable world.

    • Anusha Jayaram
    • Jaya Prakash
    • Rob Carpenter
    • Luyi Adesanya
    • Megan Prichard
    • Joanna Burke-Bajaj
    • Sana Farooqui
    • Shaquallah Shanks
    • Shelly Weizman
    • Joy Shu Jiang
    • Michaela Kerrissey
    • Sonny Patel
    • Amber Nigam and Jie Sun
    • Ashley Mayfaire
    • Chana Sacks
    • Ithar Hassaballa
    • Kadambari Rawal
    • Latifat Okara
    • Roshan Khatri
    • Siddhesh Zadey
    • Christin Gilmer
    • Barrak Alahmad
    • Christopher Cugini
    • Diana Hernandez
    • Jason Alacapa
    • Karima Ladhani
    • Preeti Panda
    • Quynh Truong
    • Rafael Knack
    • Ans Irfan
    • Renzo Guinto
    • April Aviles
    • Katie Papke
    • Kimberly Fuentes
    • Sagun Paudel
    • Nida Ali
    • Lianne Hope
    • Ana Santos Rutschman
    • Andre Nogueira
    • P.J. Moton-Poole


“The individuals chosen for this award will represent the paragons of social justice within public health, catalyzing excellence in public health leadership, entrepreneurship, research, advocacy, scholarship, and more. They are beacons of illumination and stewards of positive change for public health issues.”

Dr. Candice Carpenter, Co-CEO of Boston Congress of Public Health and Co-Editor-in-Chief of HPHR (Formerly Harvard Public Health Review)

“40 Under 40 will honor persons from around the world addressing gaps in public health across all levels and disciplines. We look forward to celebrating those who have the foresight to address issues that otherwise would go unaddressed.”

Dr. Circe Gray Le Compte, Co-CEO of Boston Congress of Public Health and Co-Editor-in-Chief of HPHR (Formerly Harvard Public Health Review)

“We are very pleased and excited to launch the 40 under 40 Public Health Catalyst Awards. We look forward to recognizing the rising stars whose hard work, innovation and leadership are improving communities across the US and around the world.”

Adam Eid Ramsey, MD, Co-Editor-in-Chief of HPHR (Formerly Harvard Public Health Review) and CEO of NYC Daily Post


  • Eligible nominees must be under the age of 40 by May 2, 2022.
  • Nominees must be employed in or have a connection to the public health sector. They should be established or rising professional leaders with a strong record of innovation and outstanding performance in issues related to public health and/or social justice.
  • Multiple nominees from the same organization can be submitted.
  • We take both self-nomination as well as nominations from others.
  • Nominees must be members of BCPH for their application to be considered.
  • Non-members may sign up for $50.00 (student) and $100.00 (non-student). Registration comes with a membership to BCPH.


A selection committee will be appointed by the BCPH and the HPHR Journal to assess and evaluate all nominees for their demonstrated leadership, innovation, commitment and contributions within their organizations, communities, and the public health field. Successful nominees will demonstrate a track record of outstanding performance and leadership skills to advance and advocate for current public health issues.


Successful nominees for the BCPH 40 Under 40 Public Health Catalyst Awards will have the following benefits and advantages:

  • National and international recognition as a public health leader
  • You will have your biography and picture on the official website of the Boston Congress of Public Health as a 40 under 40 in public health awardee
  • Opportunities for national and regional media covering including journalists and reporters from the NYC Daily Post and other media outlets.
  • Opportunities to network with other public health leaders from the 40 under 40 program as well as the wider BCPH network 
  • Professional development opportunities including access to policy trainings, being part of the production team of television series, and participating in a Fellowship program through the HPHR Journal (formerly Harvard Public Health Review)


Send all inquiries to communications@bcph.org.