C. Everett Koop Medal for Health Promotion and Awareness
Kelly J. Acton, MD, MPH, FACP, CAPT, USPHS
Kelly J. Acton, MD, MPH, FACP, CAPT, USPHS, from Albuquerque, New Mexico received the American Diabetes Association’s prestigious 2010 C. Everett Koop Medal for Health Promotion and Awareness in Orlando, Florida. Recipients of this award are selected for their significant contribution to increasing public awareness about lifestyles and activities that pose potential hazards to general good health and well-being.
Dr. Acton has worked with the Indian Health Service Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for more than 25 years and currently serves as its director. In this position, she oversees the $150 million congressionally-mandated Special Diabetes Program for Indians. Prior to this, she worked on the Crow and Flathead Indian Reservations in Montana and the Cherokee Indian Reservation in North Carolina.
Dr. Acton also serves on the NIH’s Diabetes Mellitus Interagency Coordinating Committee and the Steering Committee of the National Diabetes Education Program. She has published articles on diabetes as it relates to American Indians, including three articles on improving diabetes care for patients.