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UW's Harris Recognized by ACS for Health Promotion Efforts, Sept. 30, 2011

Jeffrey R. Harris, MD MPH, MBA, professor of Health Services, University of Washington, received the American Cancer Society's Stay Well Award to acknowledge his community service in health promotion, advocacy, and fundraising.

ACS presented the Stay Well Award on September 30, 2010, at its 6th Annual Legacy and Leadership Awards Ceremony in Seattle, WA. Dr. Harris's community service includes serving as the principal consultant on workplace health promotion to the ACS Employer Initiative, which operates nationwide. For the past two years, he has also led discussions with the board of the ACS Great West Division on obesity prevention, physical activity promotion, and health disparities elimination. His advocacy work has included briefing the Washington State Legislature on tobacco control and on the benefits of the proposed $1 per pack tobacco tax increase that passed in Washington last spring. His fundraising for ACS included help in initiating the UW Relay for Life in 2003. Dr. Harris's Relay team that year led in fundraising. Since then, the UW Relay has raised more than $2 million for cancer research, prevention, and control.

Dr. Harris also directs the UW Health Promotion Research Center, one of 37 Prevention Research Centers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.