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Franklin Cosey-Gay, PhD '19, MPH '98

Dr. Naomi Morris Alumni Achievement Award for Community Health Sciences


As the executive director of the Center for Youth Violence Prevention at the University of Chicago, Franklin Cosey-Gay has 20 years of experience identifying the nature and causes of violence, testing and implementing violence prevention programs, and partnering with community stakeholders to support a comprehensive and coordinated response to the root causes of violence. Franklin’s career emphasizes the promotion of prevention science, building community capacity for high-quality implementation and evaluation of local and tested and effective programs and a healing centered approach that understands the importance of history, culture, faith, civic engagement, and trauma.