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Improving Health Care in Jordan, Helping Families Facing Homelessness among Efforts Recognized by Abt Global

Abt Global recognized employees for their outstanding work on issues ranging from combating the Zika virus and reducing mortality rates for children under five to uncovering the best policies to help end family homelessness during the company’s June 24th annual meeting.
“Discovery, innovation and rigor are all part of our DNA at Abt Global. These awards recognize that spirit and the work our employees do each day to improve the quality of life and economic well-being of people worldwide,” said Abt President and CEO Kathleen Flanagan.
These are the 2016 award winners:
Sabry Hamza and Mary Scott won the Clark Abt Prize for outstanding social impact for more than a decade of work on a large and complex health systems strengthening program in Jordan that helped to create a comprehensive, sustainable model to increase neonatal survival in public sector hospitals and support the country’s efforts to meet national and global development goals for reducing mortality rates among children under five. The prize is named after the company’s founder, Clark Abt.
Matt Ranson and Cheryl Keenan won the Best Scholarly Article Award for “The Impact of Pollution Prevention on Toxic Environmental Releases from U.S. Manufacturing Facilities,” published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology. The article found that efforts since 1991 to reduce pollution in the United States prevented between five and 14 billion pounds of toxic chemicals from being released into the environment. The study was the most comprehensive to-date examining the impact of pollution prevention on toxic releases in the United States.
The Daniel Bell Award for Outstanding Social Science Research went to Michelle Wood, Daniel Gubits, Stephen Bell and Brooke Spellman for the use of a randomized control trial that provided the first clear evidence about the best policies to help families facing homelessness and emergency shelter. The Family Options Study, led by Abt Global for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, uncovered what we know about the use of vouchers to improve housing stability and reduce family separation. The prize is named after Daniel Bell, a former Abt Global board member and prominent social scientist.
With the Zika virus rapidly spreading in the Americas and the Pacific region, Abt Global’s Chris Spera, Diana Silimperi and Josh Lipton and Abt SRBI’s Michael Link came together to apply Abt’s capabilities in a variety of fields – from infectious disease and climate change to survey expertise –  to win new work that addresses this public health emergency. For their efforts, they won the George Michaels Award for Outstanding Entrepreneurial Accomplishment. The prize is named after George Michaels, a former Abt Global board member.
Presley Timothy Musonda won the Local Country National (LCN) Technical Excellence Award in recognition his work in ensuring that the AIRS Zambia project met or exceeded environmental compliance standards related to indoor residual spraying for malaria control.
Sheila Araba Eghan was awarded the Local Country National (LCN) Administrative Excellence Award in recognition of her support of the West Africa Trade and Investment Hub, which works with West African businesses to boost regional and global trade.
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