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The Ray E. Helfer, MD Award
The Ray E. Helfer, MD award is presented to highlight the valuable contributions of a pediatrician to local and national efforts to prevent child abuse. Dr. Helfer, a pediatrician, an educator, and a pioneer in the prevention of child abuse, is considered the "father" of State Children's Trust and Prevention Funds. He conceived the idea that "Children's Trust Funds" should be created and funded by government to ensure that our nation's children grow up nurtured, safe, and free from harm. Every year, Children's Trust Funds provide $100,000,000 in direct funding, technical assistance, and other supports to community-based child abuse prevention programs.
Richard Aronson, MD, MPH
The National Alliance of Children's Trust and Prevention Funds and the American Academy of Pediatrics are pleased to present the 2007 Ray E. Helfer, MD Award to Dr. Richard Aronson, the Medical Director of Maternal and Child Health for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. A Board-Certified pediatrician with almost 30 years of service and leadership as a public health and medical professional, he also serves on the Board of the Maine Children's Trust Fund. Dr. Aronson's career includes a decade of clinical pediatric practice as a developmental pediatrician, 14 years of Future Search facilitation, and senior level leadership in the Vermont, Wisconsin, and Maine State Health Departments since 1983. He has led numerous statewide efforts to prevent child abuse in Maine, as well as held clinical faculty positions in Pediatrics at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, the University of Wisconsin Medical School, and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Aronson earned his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine in 1974, during which time he obtained a one-year fellowship to work with malnourished children in Cali, Colombia, and a master's degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1988.
Award presented by:
Mary Anne Snyder