CGHSR Executive Director Receives Award for Contributions to Global Family Medicine

Shailey Prasad, executive director of the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility

Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility Executive Director Shailey Prasad, MD, MPH, received the 2024 Gabriel Smilkstein Award while attending the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine conference earlier this month. 

The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the growth and development of family medicine education around the world. 

“I have the privilege to know some of the previous award winners and the contributions they’ve made to the philosophy and structure of family medicine around the world,” said Prasad. “To be in that esteemed company is humbling.” 

The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine is a community of family medicine scholars, practitioners and educators committed to improving health through education and workforce development. 

“The STFM annual conference is an amazing venue for primary care/family medicine educators from the U.S. and various parts of the world to share ideas,” said Prasad. “For the longest time, even before I came back to academia, this conference felt like my academic home.” 

Prasad has extensive experience as a primary care physician in underserved rural, urban and global areas. 

In addition to his role at CGHSR, Prasad also serves as the associate vice president of global & rural health; vice chair for education in the UMN Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; an adjunct professor at the UMN School of Public Health; and the faculty lead for the Rothenberger Leadership Academy within the UMN School of Medicine.

Prasad is also one of the co-founders of Advocacy for Global Health Partnerships, a coalition of global health practitioners working to ensure equity in global health engagements.