Alumni Awards

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The following Johns Hopkins University Awards were presented at the annual Alumni luncheon:

Outstanding Recent Graduate Award

Rosa M. Gonzalez-Guarda, ’05, MSN/MPH, focuses her attention on improving the health of minorities and other at-risk communities throughout the world. She has authored numerous articles and presented her work at a national summit. Gonzalez-Guarda is currently an assistant professor at University of Miami. She has been selected to serve on the Institute of Medicine and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Committee with University of Miami President Donna Shalala.

Outstanding Recent Graduate Award

Lara S. Ho, ’07, PhD, currently works with the International Rescue Committee and heads the health team that provides support and capacity building to non-governmental organizations providing health services in a post-conflict environment on the Ivory Coast. She is the author and co-author of numerous articles and is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer from Mongolia. Ho also serves as a board member for Friends of Mongolia in Washington, D.C.

Heritage Award

Joan Lorenz, ’71, is the president of Clearly Stated, a company dedicated to writing and editing health-related materials for healthcare professionals and the general public. She has taught throughout her career and her papers on nursing leadership and patient care are well known and used in her field. In 2009, Lorenz received Nursing Spectrum’s Regional Nursing Excellence Award in Teaching for her work as a clinical nurse educator at the Bay Pines VA Hospital in Florida and as adjunct nursing faculty at the University of Tampa.

The Outstanding Recent Graduate Award is given to recent graduates of Johns Hopkins (within the last 10 years) for outstanding achievement or service in his or her professional or volunteer life.

The Heritage Award honors alumni and friends of Johns Hopkins who have contributed outstanding service over an extended period to the progress of the University or the activities of the Hopkins Alumni Association.

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