Florida A&M University’s Dr. Samantha Thompson (right) has received one of the highest honors given for for an exemplary public health program. She was recently recognized by the National Association of County and City Health Officials for leading a Promising Practice.

According to Florida A&M, the designation means that Dr. Thompson’s program has demonstrated exciting approaches to local public health issues that are on track to becoming model practices.

Dr. Thompson is an assistant professor in the Institute of Public Health’s Northeast Pharmacy Practice Center of Florida A&M’s College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

The National Association of County and City Health Officials organization, which presented the award to Dr. Thompson, represents 3,000 public health departments across the United States.

These city, county, metro, district, and tribal departments work to promote health and well-being in their communities by coordinating services that make it easier for people to be healthy and safe.

Dr. Ensook Lee, also a professor in the Florida A&M College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health, has received a $2.8 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences research project grant (R01).

The R01 supplies support for health-related research and development based on the mission of the NIH. The five-year R01 grant is to further investigate the causes and treatment of neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.

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