GW Professor Receives Prestigious Anthropological Award for Development of Social Well-Being Framework for UNICEF

Dr. Mark Edberg, PhD, associate professor of prevention and community health at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS), was recently awarded the Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists’ (WAPA) biennial Praxis Award. The Praxis Award was established in 1981 for outstanding achievement in anthropological theory and methods that demonstrate impact for the public good. Edberg was presented with the award in November at the 112th American Anthropological Association’s annual meeting in Chicago, IL for his collaborative work with UNICEF in which he used anthropological methods to research and develop new frameworks for planning, monitoring and addressing problems of well-being among adolescents in one version and women and children in another. The award-winning project is titled, “Using the Concept of Social Well-Being to Develop and Implement a Framework for UNICEF Planning and Evaluating Efforts to Achieve Rights and Development Goals for Children and Families.” The model was recently used in the Latin American-Caribbean region and is currently being tested and applied in several locations around the world as part of a UNICEF global survey module on adolescents. Edberg also holds faculty appointments in the George Washington University's Department of Anthropology and Elliott School of International Affairs, and is the director of the Avance Center for the Advancement of Immigrant/Refugee Health.