University of Kentucky Public Health Research Center Names 2015 Class of Brown Scholars

Posted: April 23, 2015

The National Coordinating Center for Public Health Services and Systems Research (PHSSR) and Public Health Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRNs) has announced the three recipients of the Dr. E. Richard “Rick” Brown Keeneland Conference Scholarships.

The scholarships recognize the many lasting contributions of Dr. Brown, a distinguished leader, scholar and teacher in public health and the founding director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, who passed away in April 2012.

The recipients are:

  • Rose Hardy, MPH, PhD student, Health Services Research, University of Colorado Denver-Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado
  • Shivani Murthy, MPH, DrPH Student in International Health, Johns Hopkins University
  • Karmen Williams, MSPH, DrPH Candidate in Public Health Leadership, Georgia Southern University

These awards support Keenelend Conference travel, attendance and networking for pre-doctoral and early-career post-doctoral researchers from racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups who are underrepresented in the health and social sciences. Awardees were selected based on the significance and innovation of their PHSSR research interests and their potential as emerging scientific leaders in the field. 

The Keeneland Conference, the premier national PHSSR conference, will be held April 21-22 in Lexington, Ky. PHSSR examines questions that relate to the financing, organization and delivery of public health services – and how those factors translate to population health.

A true public health visionary, Dr. Brown touched the lives of tens of thousands of Americans with his unique blend of warmth, intelligence, tenacity and belief that public health data and information could be a powerful force for good.

For more information about the Keeneland Conference and the Brown Scholarships, visit


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About the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Services and Systems Research (PHSSR) and Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRNs): The goal of the National Coordinating Center is to grow the field of PHSSR & PBRNs by coordinating current investments, supporting real-world applications, and strengthening the capacity of researchers and practitioners. The Center also works to determine the future direction of the field’s research initiatives; translate that research into practice; increase the visibility of the work; and attract other funders to the field. For more information, visit Follow the center on Twitter at and

About the University of Kentucky College of Public Health: The College of Public Health is committed to quality in all of its education, research and service efforts. Evidence of this commitment to quality is full accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), full membership in the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH), and Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). The College of Public Health is committed to the practice community, as evidenced by its collaborations with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, Kentucky Department for Public Health, Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, Kentucky Public Health Association, and the Kentucky Health Department Association.  For more information, visit