Pam Silberman honored with Ned Brooks Award

April 11, 2008

Pam Silberman, DrPH

Pam Silberman, DrPH

Pam Silberman , research associate professor in the School of Public Health’s department of health policy and administration, received the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s sixth annual Ned Brooks Award for Public Service for helping to address the state’s major health and health care issues. The Carolina Center for Public Service recognized Silberman and other individuals and organizations at its annual service awards on Friday, April 11.

Silberman was recognized for her research, which has led to legislation of benefit to the state, including the state’s child health insurance law, dental care access, and insurance coverage for low-income populations. Her dozens of reports and analyses have informed state-level policy making on topics such as health services for children and adolescents, health insurance, the health care “safety net,” the health care workforce and managed care.

Silberman is also president and chief executive officer of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine. Her involvement of residents, fellows, graduate students and other faculty in her research has created a direct and effective link between the University’s analytical capacity and health policy in North Carolina.

Ned Brooks, DrPH

Ned Brooks, DrPH

The Ned Brooks Award for Public Service, named for Ned Brooks, a faculty member and administrator at Carolina since 1972, recognizes a faculty or staff member who has built a sustained record of community service through individual efforts and promoted the involvement and guidance of others.

The Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award – recognizing individual students and faculty for exemplary public service efforts – this year went to graduate students Megan Ellenson and Thanh-Thu Tran, faculty member Flora Lu and staff member Hannah Gill.

Ellenson, a second-year graduate student in the School of Public Health’s health behavior and health education department, has devoted her time at Carolina to working with and for the Burmese immigrant community in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. After working as part of a team project to identify issues faced by these recent refugees, she wrote a grant to support the children’s participation in a school-based art therapy program.

Lynn Blanchard, PhD

Lynn Blanchard, PhD

“These outstanding individuals and projects are evidence of the many ways that Carolina responds to needs across the state,” said Lynn Blanchard, the center’s director. “All the nominees and recipients demonstrate that this University partners with individuals, organizations and communities in meaningful ways. By honoring them, we are recognizing the importance of these connections as an integral part of who we are as an institution.”

The Carolina Center for Public Service also presented two Office of the Provost Public Service Awards honoring campus units for service to North Carolina. This year’s recipients were the Student Coalition for Advocacy in Literacy Education (SCALE) and the UNC School of Law Center for Civil Rights.

The Carolina Center for Public Service leads the University’s engagement efforts and service to the state of North Carolina and beyond by linking the expertise and energy of faculty, staff, and students to the needs of the people.

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Carolina Center for Public Service contact: Lynn Blanchard, (919) 843-7568,

School of Public Health contact: Ramona DuBose, director of communications, (919) 966-7467,