The Global Alliance recognizes...
The Membership Committee of the Global Alliance recommends individuals or organizations for special recognition. The program acknowledges significant contributions of individuals or organizations that align with and reflect the Alliance's core values. In particular, honorees engage in behavioral health research, practice, or advocacy that helps to promote more humane social policy. Honorees represent the diverse disciplines (e.g., psychology, social work, law, public health, psychiatry, education, nursing, and other allied fields) that make up the Alliance's membership.
Honorees - December 2016
Brook Griese, PhD
Brook Griese, a clinical psychologist, is the co-founder and executive director of Judi's House and the JAG Institute in Denver, Colorado. Judi's House if the only free-standing organization in metro Denver dedicated to supporting grieving children and their families and the JAG Institute is home to their research and training initiatives. Dr. Griese and her colleagues have worked tirelessly to advance and strengthen the field of childhood bereavement. Dr. Griese has also advocated for social change around grief and bereavement care, working to "ensure that preventive and early intervention services are available to all bereaved children and families who need them -- regardless of whether they have a diagnosable disorder in the DSM."
Tonda Hughes, PhD, RN, FAAN
Tonda Hughes is professor and associate dean for Global Health for the College of Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Hughes has distinguished herself through her work on women's mental health and substance use. She has conducted groundbreaking research on issues related to chemically dependent nurses and alcohol use by sexual minority (lesbian and bisexual) women. The impact of Dr. Hughes' research is evident in the many awards that she has received from diverse organizations at the local, national, and international levels. Most recently, she received the 2016 Achievement Award from the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the LGBT community, for exemplary commitment to quality of health services for LGBT persons, and for improving the environment for LGBT healthcare workers. Dr. Hughes was also an early career author in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, publishing her very first professional article in the journal.
Robert Simmons, JD
Robert Simmons is the executive director of the Council for Children's Rights in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Formerly a partner in McGuire Woods' Charlotte office and a long-time leader in local non-profit and philanthropic circles, Mr. Simmons oversees one of the largest and most comprehensive advocacy and legal service programs for children in the Southeast. Simmons began his pro bono work in Charlotte as a volunteer with the Children's Law Center (CLC) in 1987, joining its board in 1994. In 2002, he joined the board of the Council for Children (CFC) and was president when the CFC merged with the CLC in 2006 to form what is today the Council for Children's Rights(CFCR). He served as the first president of the CFCR. The Council provides legal representation for children, individual advocacy (typically in the context of education, child welfare, and mental health), and custody advocacy. The Council also works to address systems and community issues through research and policy development.
Donald Warne, MD, MPH
Donald Warne is chair of the Department of Public Health at North Dakota State University, associate professor and Mary J. Berg Distinguished Professor in Women's Health, and senior policy advisor to the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board. As a member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe from Pine Ridge, South Dakota, Dr. Warne has worked to address the public health needs of the American Indian population, and shed light on the impact of historical trauma and childhood adversity on the notable health disparities experienced by American Indians. Dr. Warne is expert in minority health policy, integrative care, and family practice. He has held numerous positions providing direct care, contributing to policy efforts, and conducting research and developing health education and prevention program in partnership with tribal communities. Dr. Warne's leadership, social advocacy, health policy work, and other professional activities have led to numerous honors and recognition from diverse groups. Most recently, he received the 2015 Public Health Innovation Award from the National Indian Health Board. Dr. Warne also was a primary force in the development of the American Indian Public Health specialization at North Dakota State University, which has been described as the only Master of Public Health program in the nation specifically designed to prepare graduates to work with the American Indian population and to improve Native health.