Dr Geetha Jayaram Honored with Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award
The Rotary Foundation Trustees,at their October meeting, selected Dr. Geetha Jayaram as recipient of the2014-2015 Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award.
Geetha is a faculty member attending physician in the Johns Hopkins Hospital Departments of Psychiatry,HealthPolicy, and Management and the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety. She also maintains a private practice, and lives in Marriottsville, MD with her PDG Jayaram (Jay) Kumar.
Born in India, Dr. Jayaram initiated and established the first and only health clinic for severely mentally ill women and children in rural, southern India, starting in 1997 and formally established in 2002.She worked tirelessly with local village leadership; overcame many obstacles; established links with local Rotary clubs,academic center, and departments of psychiatry and community medicine;raised funds; and began free treatment and dispensing of medications. The clinic now has a case load of 160 patients. She visits villages annually during her vacation.Her association with Rotary began at age19, as a medical student - later becoming Rotaract charter member. Geetha was recipient of a Rotary University Teacher’s grant, allowing her work with medical students to achieve their goals and dreams. As an active Rotarian since1996, she served, with distinction, as club president, and currently is a member ofthe Columbia and Howard West club. Dr. Jayaram has stated that ”three critical factors have impacted all of my work in Rotary impacting community psychiatry, patient care quality and safety: a) strong Rotary leadership and devotion of others to serve humanity b) clearer promotion of a culture of global involvement and partnership in the service of the poor and c) multi-club and district teamwork”.
We applaud Geetha for her compassion, dedication, and service to humanity –particularly severely mentally ill women and children. She was recognized at the Sao Paulo International Convention.