By Nora Samuelson
Program Manager, Princeton Project 55
May 18, 200
On Friday, April 20, 75 Princeton alumni and friends of Princeton Project 55 gathered for the annual Outreach Dinner at WilmerHale Law Firm in Boston to share the year’s successes, and to learn more about the work Princeton Project 55 is doing across the country.
Dr. Howard Hiatt, the former Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health and a distinguished expert in public health, global health, and medicine was the keynote speaker for the evening.
Hiatt spoke as part of PP55’s celebration of the placement of the first class of Public Health Fellows.
In his presentation, Hiatt shared his experiences in the field of health over the last fifty years. He discussed the ways in which perceptions of health, medicine, and public health have transformed drastically.
Hiatt’s speech sparked numerous questions from the audience, and discussion regarding his thoughts and observations continued long after he left the podium.
Guests also heard from Public Interest Program (PIP) alumna and volunteer Dena Schlamowitz ’04, who shared her story as a PIP Fellow with Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL) in Boston.
“As a Project 55 Fellow, I was given opportunities, power, and influence that most Princeton graduates would kill for their first year out of college,” Schlamowitz remarked.
“I wake up excited every day about the purpose of my work and how it contributes to providing opportunities for all children to learn and become scholars and leaders,” she concluded.
Local alumni, current Fellows, and affiliates of The Alumni Network are invited to the Outreach Dinner, held in a different location each year.