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Byllye Y. Avery, founder of the National Black Women's Health Project in 1981, has been a women's health care activist for over 25 years. She also founded the Avery Institute for Social Change, and co-founded the Gainesville Women's Health Center and Birthplace. She has received numerous awards including the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for Social Contribution, the Essence Award for community service, the Academy of Science Institute of Medicine's Gustav 0.Lienhard Award for the Advancement of Health Care, the Grassroots Realist Award by the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, the Dorothy l. Height Lifetime Achievement Award, and received a Citation from the President of the American Public Health Association. In 1998, Business and Professional Women presented her with the New Horizons Award and she received a Leadership Award from the University of Florida School of Medicine. In 2002 she was honored by the Fenway Health Center in Boston. She has served on the Charter Advisory Committee for the Office of Research on Women's Health of the National Institutes of Health and has been a visiting fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health.
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