2022 Betty Marcus Women’s Health Endowment Awards

Each year Bess Marcus, professor of behavioral and social sciences, presents the Betty Marcus Women's Health Endowment Fund Awards as part of National Public Health Week. The awards, created to honor the legacy of Professor Marcus' mother Betty, are presented to health care providers affiliated with the Miriam Hospital who epitomize excellence in community service, research, and/or clinical service for women.

In a virtual ceremony held on Monday April 4, hosted by Professor Marcus and attended by colleagues, prior awardees, and family members, including Betty Marcus’ grandchildren, the 2022 Betty Marcus Awards were presented to Elissa Jelalian and Dr. Christine Duffy. Congratulations to both outstanding health care providers whose achievements have helped to improve the lives of women, along with the quality of women’s healthcare in our state.

Elissa Jelalian Ph.D.elissa jelalian.jpg
Elissa Jelalian is professor of psychiatry and human behavior and of pediatrics at Brown and associate director of the Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center at The Miriam Hospital. Her research focuses on weight regulation and the development of innovative behavioral interventions for children and adolescents with overweight and obesity. Her current funded studies focus on dissemination of evidence-based pediatric weight control interventions to community settings, testing novel interventions for adolescents with obesity, and identifying early markers of obesity risk in young children. 

Christine M. Duffy MD, MPHchristineduffy.jpg
Director of the Adult Cancer Survivorship Program at the Lifespan Cancer Institute and medical director of The Miriam Hospital Primary Care Clinic, Dr. Duffy practices at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals, and at Brown Medicine. She is also an associate professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School and holds an MPH from Brown. Dr. Duffy’s clinical and research interests include the reproductive health of young women with breast cancer and the primary care of cancer survivors. Her work on these subjects has been published in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and abstracts.