Jayaram Srinivasan, MD, MPH, CPH, Senior Clinical Advisor in the Office of Disease Prevention & Health Promotion with in the US Department of Health and Human Services is the recipient of the 2012 Resident Physician Community Service Award. This award is given by the Organization of Resident Representatives (ORR) which is professional development group supported by the Association of American Medical Colleges.
Dr. Srinivasan was honored at AAMC Annual Meeting held early November, and a $1,000 contribution was made in the name of the awardee to a nonprofit charity of their choice. Dr. Srinivasan chose to have the donation sent to the Kentucky Children’s Health and Fitness Fund.
The Resident Physician Community Service Award distinguishes those who have gone the extra mile during their residency training to enrich the community that surrounds their training institution.
During his residency, Dr. Srinivasan secured a Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) grant for $5,000 for the Farm to School program in Fayette County. This program aims to reduce childhood obesity while stimulating the local economy. This grant has been used to help expand to more than 30 additional programs in more than 10 additional schools in Fayette County. Last week, an additional $45,000 grant from the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) was secured by the current team working on the Farm to School program.
"I genuinely enjoyed collaborating with local stakeholders across sectors to establish the Farm to School program in Fayette County. This effort exemplified what a single person can facilitate with meta-leadership and public health best practices. The Fayette County Farm to School Team members deserve all the credit for the successes of this program. We need more leaders like them to find systems solutions to systems problems to improve the health and wellness of our communities, “said Dr. Srinivasan.
Dr. Srinivasan earned his MD from the University of Pennsylvania and completed his residency at Stanford University and the University of Kentucky. He is a preventive medicine specialist with expertise in health policy and administration. Dr. Srinivasan also has experience in epidemiological surveillance, healthcare quality improvement, and community-based approaches for disease prevention. He is currently appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Kentucky. He is also appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Washington. Additionally, Dr. Srinivasan serves as a mentor for change master projects in the Kentucky Public Health Leadership Institute.