Common Good Awards

The Common Good Award honors those alumni who have "demonstrated an extraordinary, profound, and sustained commitment to the common good, in the interest and for the benefit of society, with conspicuous disregard for personal gains in wealth or status."

2019 Jeffrey K. Hom '04

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"Jeffrey K. Hom, member of the Class of 2004, while still early in your career in medicine, health care, and public health, you have already made major positive contributions to the lives and health of residents of several domestic and international communities. Your talent, intellect, burgeoning body of experience, and profound commitment to equity and social justice augur what is sure to be an even more significant impact on public health policy and access in the years to come.

You graduated magna cum laude from Bowdoin as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a Book Award winner, and a Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholar, and you engaged with local schoolchildren as a tutor, mentor, and Big Brother, among many other activities. You earned a master’s in public health and a medical degree from Harvard University, and were selected as a Zuckerman Fellow at Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership. You then earned a master’s degree in health policy at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a presidential scholarship for AcademyHealth’s Institute on Advocacy and Public Policy, and were named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program Fellow.

Now a board-certified internist, you serve as a policy advisor in the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, and you were named a fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

In 2018, you were selected as a Presidential Leadership Scholar. Your work on access to treatment and overdose prevention for people suffering from substance abuse and addiction, particularly those who are members of underserved populations, has benefited residents of such cities and towns as Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston, and Shiprock, New Mexico, as well as the international communities of Lesotho and Cambodia. You also have served as a member of the Philadelphia Medical Reserve Corps and have participated in the New Leaders Council. In naming you to its list of young Philadelphia leaders, “Who’s Next,” the publication Billy Penn quoted your nomination, which stated: “He has an obvious drive for people, leadership, and making the world around him better.”

For all that you have done to improve the health of underserved populations struggling with substance abuse and addiction and to advocate for wider access to health care, and for all that you will do to improve public health in this country and around the world, we are proud to present you with the 2019 Common Good Award. We join your family, classmates, friends, and the communities you serve in honoring you."

June 1, 2019