Wright State University recognized Katherine Cauley, Ph.D., director of the Center for Health Communities at the WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine, with the 2013 Faculty Award for Excellence in Community Engagement.
Recognized nationally as an expert and educational leader in the theory and practice of service, Cauley, a professor in the Boonshoft School of Medicine Department of Community Health and an associate professor in the Wright State University School of Professional Psychology, has worked to assist communities by integrating service learning into medical school curriculum.
Under Cauley’s direction, the Center for Healthy Communities has flourished as a national and international example of medical school and community collaboration. As a community-academic partnership, the center works with more than 75 health and human services, faith-based, and local and state organizations to improve the health of the community and enhance health education.
“For more than 20 years at WSU, Dr. Cauley has worked tirelessly and selflessly to realize her dream of improving communities through service learning and molding students into more humanistic physicians in the process,” said Marjorie Bowman, M.D., M.P.A., dean of the medical school.
Cauley is valued around the Miami Valley for convening health care programs around the region to support numerous community health care needs, especially for underserved citizens.
Her influence extends beyond the Dayton region. She has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization, USAID and South Africa Strengthening Civic Society Program, as well as with multiple universities and professional associations in the United States.
Cauley also serves as director of the Boonshoft School of Medicine International Health Education Program.