Dr. Peizhong Peter Wang, Director of the Centre for New Immigrant Well-being (CNIW) and a distinguished scholar in the field of public health, has been honored with the esteemed Faculty Award for Excellence in Service to the Community. This prestigious award recognizes Dr. Wang’s exceptional contributions to community health and well-being, reflecting his deep commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
More details regarding this award can be found at: https://www.dlsph.utoronto.ca/faculty/awards-honours/
Dr. Wang, a tenured professor in the Division of Community Health and Humanities at Memorial University and a Status Only Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, has demonstrated an unwavering passion and dedication to improving the lives of new immigrants in Canada. Over the course of two decades, he has been actively engaged in community work, founding or co-founding five non-profit organizations aimed at supporting new immigrants in their integration, education, business opportunities, and addressing issues of racism and abuse. Dr. Wang’s leadership has positively impacted the lives of numerous new immigrants, enabling them to successfully establish themselves in Canadian society and achieve personal success. His contributions have been recognized with the Ontario Volunteer Award on two occasions.
Dr. Wang has been interviewed by numerous media outlets over 300 times since early 2020. Throughout the pandemic, Dr. Wang and Mr. Wei Li conducted a COVID-19 briefing every Tuesday, gaining significant popularity among Chinese Canadians across Canada and even beyond.
During the challenging period of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Wang’s contributions have been particularly noteworthy. Combining his expertise as an internationally renowned epidemiologist and Chinese community leader, he played a crucial role in the fight against COVID-19. Dr. Wang led multiple research projects, assessing the impact of the virus on Asian immigrants and investigating factors influencing vaccine hesitancy. He organized fundraising events to provide personal protective equipment to frontline workers and initiated programs to support isolated seniors, individuals with mental health needs, and families affected by COVID-19. Dr. Wang’s exceptional efforts in knowledge translation and dissemination through the Centre for New Immigrant Well-being’s Health Newsletter have reached millions of Chinese immigrants across North America and globally.
“We are proud to recognize Dr. Peizhong Peter Wang with the Faculty Award for Excellence in Service to the Community,” said Dr. Strike, associate dean at Dalla Lana School of Public Health, U of T. “His remarkable dedication to improving the health and well-being of new immigrants in Canada, along with his significant contributions during the COVID-19 pandemic, exemplify the values and mission of our institution.”
Dr. Wang’s achievements reflect the vision and impact of the Centre for New Immigrant Well-being (CNIW), which he directs. CNIW serves as a leading organization in promoting the well-being and integration of new immigrants in Canada. Through research, community engagement, and innovative programs, CNIW continues to make substantial contributions to addressing the unique health needs of new immigrant populations.
The Faculty Award for Excellence in Service to the Community recognizes Dr. Wang’s profound commitment and leadership in public health. His outstanding achievements align with the criteria set forth by the award, including his demonstrated passion, dedication, and impact on equity, diversity, and inclusion in the community. Dr. Wang’s innovative approaches and commitment to social justice have been instrumental in driving positive change.
For more information about Dr. Peizhong Peter Wang and his contributions to the community, please visit [CNIW’s website or relevant contact information].
About the Centre for New Immigrant Well-being (CNIW): The Centre for New Immigrant Well-being (CNIW) is a leading organization dedicated to improving the well-being and integration of new immigrants in Canada. CNIW conducts research, provides support programs, and promotes community engagement to address the unique health needs of new immigrant populations. For more information, please visit www.cniw.org.
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