Dr Patricia Mechael, who studied for her PhD at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, was awarded the Social Impact Award at the recent Education UK Alumni Awards. Dr Mechael has been a pioneer of ‘mHealth’; exploring how health and well-being can be improved using mobile phones, which was the subject for her PhD at the School.
Dr Mechael’s vision of the fusion of science and modern technology to improve health has led her into a career as a researcher, educator and policymaker – a career she attributes partly to her foundation provided by the School.
Patricia said “It is a huge honour and in many ways much more a reflection on the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine than on me per se as it took real foresight to provide a home and support for my research on mobile phones in health in 2000. I especially owe a debt of gratitude to Simon Carter, Judy Green, and Andy Haines as well as to the inspiring cohort of doctoral students who have gone on to make incredible contributions to the field of public health and to the world”
Patricia currently is the Principal and policy lead at HealthEnabled, a non-profit based in South Africa which helps low and middle-income countries integrate digital health solutions into their health systems, she also is on faculty at Johns Hopkins, Princeton and Columbia University.