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 GrieseBrook Griese, PhD and Judi's House 

Based in Denver, CO, the Judi’s House’s staff conducts community-wide outreach and provides a host of free services and supports to children and families who are grieving. They have also been working to expand, with the goal of establishing a network of professionals focused on increasing access to effective care for grieving children and families. Dr. Griese, a clinical psychologist, has worked to ensure that their interventions are grounded in data, and they have recently established the JAG Institute (see to house their research and training initiatives, with the goal that this will expand.  They are also working with partners to develop web-based tools and information systems that can support effective care as well as collaborative research and evaluation.  Dr. Griese and her colleagues have worked tirelessly to help advance and strengthen the field of childhood bereavement. And, importantly, Dr. Griese has advocated for social change around grief/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 HughesTonda Hughes, PhD, RN, FAAN 

Tonda Hughes is a professor at the Columbia University School of Nursing and director of Global Health Research. Dr. Hughes also holds the title of Professor Emerita at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she was Collegiate Professor and Associate Dean for Global Health in the College of Nursing, and Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health. She also holds honorary appointments in Australia (University of Technology-Sydney & Deakin University), England (Oxford Brookes University) and in the United States (University of Pennsylvania).  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 SimmonsRobert Simmons, JD (Executive Director) and the Council for Children's Rights

Based in Charlotte, NC, the Council works to support “every child’s right to be safe, healthy and educated.” Council programs provide the most comprehensive advocacy and legal services for children in the southeast U.S.  They have major teams committed to children’s legal representation and defense (effectively functioning as the public defenders for youth in Charlotte’s home county, Mecklenburg), individual advocacy (typically in the context of education, child welfare, and mental health), and custody advocacy. They also work to address systems and community issues through research and policy work as well as larger-scale collaborations with community partners. The Council’s lawyers and advocates work primarily in the areas of education, abuse and neglect, health, mental health, contested custody, domestic violence and juvenile justice. Mr. Simmons also Chairs the County’s Child Fatality Task Force and, as a representative of that group, wrote an Op-Ed piece in opposition to North Carolina’s HB2 legislation.

Donald Warne

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.