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HPRC research scientist Steinman received the APHA Zimmer Award for new investigators

Lesley Steinman, MSW, MPH, received the American Public Health Association's 2011 Zimmer award for new investigators. Steinman is a research scientist at the UW Health Promotion Research Center (HPRC), where her work focuses on the Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives (PEARLS). In order to recognize and further the careers of future leaders in aging research, the APHA Public Health and Aging section gives the Zimmer award to investigators who have received their highest degree within the past five years. Steinman received the award at the 139th APHA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, in November.

Steinman, who earned her MPH from the UW School of Public Health in 2006, received the award for her paper "It Could Be a Pearl to You: Exploring the Program to Encourage Active and Rewarding Lives for Seniors (PEARLS) with Hard-to-Reach Populations." The paper describes a qualitative research project that she conducted with Dr. Mark Snowden of the UW School of Medicine, Kristen Hammerback of UW HPRC, and local PEARLS programs at the African-American Elders Program, the International Drop-In Center, and Senior Services. Funding for this research came from the CDC Prevention Research Centers program.

PEARLS is a home-based depression management program developed collaboratively by investigators at the UW Health Promotion Research Center and its community partner, Seattle-King County's Aging and Disability Services. Learn more about PEARLS at www.pearlsprogram.org.

The Public Health and Aging section of APHA intends to stimulate public health actions to improve the health, functioning, and quality of life of older persons and to call attention to their health care needs. APHA is the oldest and largest organization of public health professionals in the world, representing more than 50,000 members from over 50 occupations of public health. It deals with a broad set of issues affecting personal and environmental health, including federal and state funding for health programs, pollution control, programs and policies related to chronic and infectious diseases, a smoke-free society, and professional education in public health.