Dr. Ebenezer Owusu-Addo of the Bureau of Integrated Rural Development of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has won the 2020 Pittu Laungani best paper prize from the International Journal of Health Promotion and Education. The award was announced during the 2021 Institute of Health Promotion and Education Conference in Coventry, UK.
The Pittu Laungani prize is awarded each year by the International Journal of Health Promotion and Education and the Taylor & Francis Group to the best paper published in the International Journal of Health Promotion and Education. Aside the cash prize, papers that receive the Pittu Laungani award are made open access for one year.
The paper lead by Dr. Owusu-Addo, which is titled “Factors affecting health sector involvement in public policies addressing the social determinants of health: a critical realist case study of cash transfers in Ghana,” offers practical recommendations on how the health sector can take a more substantive role in the design, implementation, and evaluation of cash transfer programmes to optimise their impact on the social determinants of health and health inequities.
Dr. Ebenezer Owusu-Addo is currently Senior Research Fellow at the Bureau of Integrated Rural Development, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana. Dr. Owusu-Addo holds a PhD in Public Health-Health Promotion (Programme Evaluation) from Monash University, Australia, MSc in Public Health-Health Promotion from Leeds Beckett University, UK, Graduate Certificate of Agricultural Health and Medicine from Deakin University, Australia, and BSc. (Hons) in Planning from KNUST. He is the Co-Principal Investigator for the USAID Analytical Support Services and Evaluations for Sustainable Systems (ASSESS) Project in West Africa at KNUST. He is a leading figure in health promotion research and programme evaluation, more specifically through his work on the role of public policies and intersectoral action in addressing the social determinants of health and health inequality. His research interests are in the social determinants of health, cash transfers, health equity, social protection, rural health systems, and the interface between public health and town planning.
Dr. Owusu-Addo is a Technical Advisor to the Health Promotion Division of the Ghana Health Service. He serves as a peer reviewer for 35 reputable international journals including Health Policy and Planning, BMJ Global Health, BMJ Open, Global Health Promotion, Maternal & Child Nutrition, Plus One, Archives of Disease in Childhood, BMC Public Health and Development in Practice.
The Management of KNUST congratulates Dr. Ebenezer Owusu-Addo for winning this prestigious award.