Ben-Gurion University of the Negev will award renowned author and public health advocate Dr. Chelsea Clinton an honorary doctorate at the University's Board of Governors Meeting in May 2023, President Prof. Daniel Chamovitz announced Thursday.
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“Dr. Chelsea Clinton is a world-renowned author and global health advocate. In admiration of her unceasing efforts to promote global public health, her outstanding leadership as Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, her efforts to empower female entrepreneurs and women-led businesses around the world, and the way she has served as a role model for her generation and those that follow to improve our world, we are proud to bestow upon her our highest academic honor," Prof. Chamovitz said.
"We are honored that Dr. Clinton will be accepting an honorary doctorate from the University in May. Ben-Gurion University has always been at the forefront of community medicine and increasing access to high-quality medical care for underserved populations. Our Medical School for International Health has been advocating global health for decades," he added.
As vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, Dr. Clinton provides vision and expertise to flagship programs like the Clinton Global Initiative, a model for public-private partnerships to address today's most pressing challenges. Dr. Clinton also serves as the vice chair of the Clinton Health Access Initiative, which works across more than 125 countries around the world to build and strengthen sustainable health systems.
In addition to her Foundation work, Dr. Clinton, DPHIL, MPH teaches at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and has written several books for young readers, including the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World.
Dr. Clinton holds a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford, a Master of Public Health from Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health, and both a Master of Philosophy and a Doctorate in international relations from Oxford University.
"Dr. Clinton is the first awardee to be announced with several more awardees to be revealed in the coming days," Prof. Chamovitz said.
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