Executive Director of Alice! Health Promotion Receives Top Honor for Promoting Diversity in College Health

Dr. Raphael Coleman PhD, MPH is the recipient of the American College Health Association’s 2021 Hannibal E. Howell, Jr. Award.

Columbia Health
April 23, 2021

Columbia Health is proud to announce that the American College Health Association (ACHA), the nation’s premier college health organization, has selected Dr. Raphael Coleman PhD, MPH, Executive Director of Alice! Health Promotion as this year’s winner of the Hannibal E. Howell, Jr. Award for Promoting Diversity in College Health.

This award honors ACHA members who have made outstanding proactive contributions to their campus communities or ACHA by promoting health care and preventive health relevant to ethnic minorities. As part of an institution committed to advancing and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion, Columbia Health is fortunate to have Dr. Coleman’s passion and expertise on our leadership team, where he is positioned to guide Columbia’s work to support student health and wellbeing.

Dr. Raphael Coleman

Apart from his work at Alice! Health Promotion, Dr. Coleman co-chairs the Health Equity and Racial Justice Change Team at Columbia Health, which works to address racial inequities and its broader impact on health and wellbeing. In ACHA, he serves as co-chair of the Racial Marginalization and Health Inequities Task Force and co-chair of the Health Promotion Section Research Committee. He also serves as a member of the Committee to Advance Health Promotion Resources within the Health Promotion Section which is responsible for updating the Guidelines for Hiring Health Promotion Professionals in Higher Education.

Dr. Coleman has published multiple research articles on the intersections of race and sexual and gender identity, student retention, and spirituality, furthering the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion in college health in his home institution and beyond.

In sharing news of this award, ACHA representative Aaron Daugherty noted to Dr. Coleman: “For many of us the year 2020 will be forever remembered as one of the most challenging in our careers and your exemplary work to support students, promote the field of college health, and support the mission of ACHA during this time is deserving of high praise.  Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do.”


About the Hannibal E. Howell, Jr. Award for Promoting Diversity in College Health

This award was created in 1998 to honor Hannibal E. Howell, Jr., MD, who has been involved with leading the association to increase its efforts toward inclusiveness and addressing ethnic minority concerns since he became director of Hampton University Health Center in 1960.

About the American College Health Association

The American College Health Association (ACHA), founded in 1920, serves as our nation’s principal advocate and leadership organization for advancing the health and wellness of college students and campus communities through advocacy, education, and research. Our association represents a multidisciplinary membership that provides and supports the delivery of health, mental health, prevention, and wellness services for our nation’s 19 million college students.