Congratulations to Dr. Aviva Ron

The award honors alumni who exemplify the Johns Hopkins tradition of excellence and have brought credit to the university and their profession in the international arena through their professional achievements or humanitarian service.

Dr. Aviva Ron has made immeasurable contributions to the field of public health since completing her Doctor of Science at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in 1970. She has amassed a body of work and accomplishments that illustrate her commitment and passion to the field. In addition to her full time work in the national administration of the major Health Fund in Israel, she was senior lecturer on Community Medicine, Faculty of Post-Graduate Studies in Medicine, Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel.

In 1990, Dr. Ron was recruited to work on social health insurance, first by the International Labor Organization and then the World Health Organization in Geneva, and retired from WHO as Director, Health Sector Development, Western Pacific Regional Office. The main areas of technical assistance include health care financing, health insurance legislation, development of social health insurance towards universal coverage, quality assurance, poverty alleviation and the reduction of inequities in access to health care. Since retirement from WHO in 2002, Dr. Ron has been a resource person in social health protection at the International Training Centre of the International Labor Organization in Turin, Italy. She continues to consult for organizations including the World Health Organization and the International Labor Organization.

She has served on multiple boards and committees and has had major roles in the development of local and national hospitals and health programs, chief among them is the Schneider Children's Medical Center in Tel Aviv, Israel. Her publications include four books, six monographs, and twenty-six papers published in journals, where she is the first author in sixteen of the papers. She presented over 40 papers at international conferences. (see http://alumni.jhu/globalachievement2014)

The Ziv Medical Center congratulates Dr. Aviva Ron upon receiving this prestigious award and thanks her for her tireless contribution to Ziv, sharing with us her vast expertise in planning and serving as a Member of the Board of the Society of Friends of Ziv Medical Center.
In the picture: Dean Michael Klag, Dean of Blumberg School of Public Health, the Johns Hopkins University presenting Dr. Aviva Ron with the award, Sept. 19, 2014.