The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Board of Directors selected UW Department of Family Medicine and Community Health (DFMCH) Associate Professor (CHS) Ann Evensen, MD, as the recipient of its 2018 Humanitarian Award.

Ann Evensen

Ann Evensen, MD, received the AAFP 2018 Humanitarian Award

The award honors extraordinary and enduring humanitarian efforts by AAFP members, both within and beyond the borders of the United States.

The DFMCH’s director of global health, Dr. Evensen has professional interests in low-risk obstetrics, women’s health, and the intersection of primary and emergency care, including emergency obstetrics.

She was the inaugural course director and is an ongoing advisor for the Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO®) programs in Ethiopia and India. She has developed numerous teaching innovations and is one of the most experienced instructors in ALSO courses, which were originally created in 1991 by DFMCH faculty Drs. James Damos and John Beasley.

Dr. Evensen is a contributing editor and author in emergency obstetrics skills for the GVK Emergency Management and Research Institute’s Manual of Prehospital Emergency Care Protocols, which is used by more than 26,000 emergency medical technicians in India.

Since 2013, she has been an advisor to the inaugural family medicine residency program at Addis Ababa University School of Medicine in Ethiopia.

In 2015, she volunteered at the residency program for seven weeks as a clinical supervisor, instructor, research colleague and mentor. Dr. Evensen’s family subsidized World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) membership for 14 Ethiopian family medicine residents who wished to join.

Dr. Evensen is also a board member of the AAFP’s Patient Safety and Maternity Care Advisory Board, the AAFP’s Center for Global Health Initiatives Advisory Board and the ALSO India Advisory Board.

She received the award at the AAFP’s 2018 annual meeting, held October 9-13, 2018, in New Orleans.

Congratulations on this great honor!

Published: October 2018