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Service Award

Dr. Megan Quinn is the recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award for Service.

She is an assistant professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology within the College of Public Health.

In receiving the award, Quinn was recognized for her exceptional service contributions to the community, public health profession and the university, particularly her dedication to underserved communities, both locally and globally, and her commitment to public health workforce development.

From Haiti and Nicaragua, the poorest countries in the western hemisphere, to Rwanda on the African continent, Quinn has contributed her public health knowledge and skills to help improve the health of impoverished children and adults who are victimized by disasters and suffer the consequences of poverty and injustice on a daily basis.

In Nicaragua, she has partnered with the Center for Development in Central America to assist local communities in implementing health programs, and has organized study abroad trips for ETSU students to carry out those life-saving projects. In Haiti, she has provided health education and delivered hygiene supplies to orphaned children impacted by the 2010 earthquake. And in Rwanda, she has focused on improving water quality and installing biosand water filters to provide clean water for residents while also providing health education, mosquito nets and other necessities to hundreds of people.

“It is quite amazing that Dr. Quinn has successfully reached out, partnered with, and gained the trust of communities around the globe,” her nominators wrote. “Beyond the technical epidemiological skills, such service requires exceptional altruism, professionalism, communication skills and cultural competency.”

In addition to her global service, Quinn serves her local community as a member of the board of directors of the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians, which serves about 9,500 girls in 46 counties across the region, and as a middle school girls’ soccer coach. Here, also, her focus remains on serving disadvantaged groups, in this case, on empowering young girls to break the chain of poverty by offering opportunities to realize their self-worth and achieve their potential.

Quinn also helps organize and deliver public health workforce training activities, partnering with the Sullivan County Health Department to provide simulation exercises to practicing public health workers and has partnered with the Tennessee Department of Health to offer continuing education to its workforce.

Her service activities also extend to ETSU, where she is an active member of the institution’s International Advisory Council, International Education Scholarship Committee, Study Abroad Committee and International Friendship Program. She serves as the ETSU chapter advisor for Timmy Global Health, guiding the student organization on global health matters and health trips.

“Megan serves because she believes that every individual, regardless of social status and origin, has the right to a healthy, productive and fulfilling life,” her nominators wrote. “She pursues this belief by challenging the status quo, creatively crafting opportunities to impact the most disadvantaged communities and pouring her heart into everything that she does.”

Quinn received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. She received her master’s degree in public health research from the University of Edinburgh in the U.K. and her Ph.D. in epidemiology from ETSU.




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