Dilworth-Anderson honored with UNC’s University Diversity Award

April 19, 2018

Dr. Peggye Dilworth-Anderson

Dr. Peggye Dilworth-Anderson

Peggye Dilworth-Anderson, PhD, was selected recently by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Office of Diversity and Inclusion to receive the 2018 University Diversity Award. Dilworth-Anderson is professor of health policy and management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Criteria for the UNC University Diversity Award include:

  • Service as an advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion at the interpersonal, unit and institutional level, above and beyond assigned duties to promote diversity;
  • Demonstrated commitment to the advancement of diversity and inclusion at UNC-Chapel Hill and/or in the community through research, teaching, service and collaborative partnerships;
  • Demonstrated commitment to creating a culture of inclusion within areas of influence; and
  • Implementation of initiatives that cultivate/advance/model diversity and inclusion within the Carolina community.

Dilworth-Anderson’s areas of expertise include family caregiving to dementia patients, minority aging and health, and chronic disease care and management in cultural context. Her research focus on health disparities includes the translation and dissemination of information on chronic disease care and management in medically underserved populations.

Dr. Peggye Dilworth-Anderson (in red dress, second from right) poses with other UNC Diversity Award winners at a recent reception.

Dr. Peggye Dilworth-Anderson (in red, fourth from right) poses with other UNC Diversity Award winners at a recent reception. The awards were presented by Dr. G. Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, chief diversity officer and associate vice chancellor at UNC-Chapel Hill and professor in UNC’s School of Nursing (in purple, fourth from left).

After earning a doctorate in sociology from Northwestern University, Dilworth-Anderson served on the faculty of UNC-Greensboro as Elizabeth Rosenthal Excellence Professor of human development and family studies. In 2002, she joined the UNC-Chapel Hill faculty, and from 2010 to 2013, served as interim director of the UNC Institute on Aging.

Her long career in aging research has included service as director of the National Board of the Alzheimer’s Association (2001-2009), presidential appointee to the White Conference on Aging (2005), president of the Gerontological Society of American (2009-2010), member of the Forum on Aging, Disability and Independence, of the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine (now the Academies’ health and medicine division), and current member (since 2015) of the Global Council on Brain Health, led by AARP and AgeUK.

In 2010, she was presented with the National Alzheimer’s Association’s Ronald and Nancy Reagan Alzheimer’s Research Award. She was awarded the 2018 Pearmain Prize for Excellence in Research on Aging by the University of Southern California (USC) Roybal Institute on Aging.

“Throughout her distinguished career, Peggye Dilworth-Anderson has demonstrated her commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion through her research, teaching and service,” said Morris Weinberger, PhD, Vergil N. Slee Distinguished Professor of Healthcare Quality Management and chair of the health policy and management department. “She has been a major impetus for our department’s formally recognizing the value of inclusivity in promoting a work place. It is important that colleagues value each other and benefit from each other’s talents, and that philosophy is at the center of Peggye’s approach to work and life.”


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Gillings School of Global Public Health contact: David Pesci, director of communications, (919) 962-2600 or dpesci@unc.edu

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