Ohio Family Physician Receives Public Health Award at American Academy of Family Physicians Annual Meeting

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Megan Moriarty
Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 6052

ORLANDO, Fla. — Rob Crane, MD, a family physician from Dublin, Ohio, was awarded the 2011 Public Health Award by the American Academy of Family Physicians at its annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. The AAFP’s Public Health Award recognizes individuals who have made or are making extraordinary contributions to the health of the American public. The award was one of seven presented for exceptional achievement in the field of family medicine at the AAFP’s Scientific Assembly, one of the largest gatherings of primary care providers in the country.

Crane has shown his commitment to the public health of his community throughout his 30-year career through his coordination and implementation of a number of important public health programs that have sought to counter the devastating toll of tobacco use, HIV/AIDS and drunken driving.

As the founder and president of the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation, Crane has dedicated the last fourteen years to preventing teen smoking through both education and tobacco control. He is a vocal proponent of increasing the legal minimum age for tobacco sales to 21.

Crane is also the co-chair of SmokeFree Columbus, the coalition that helped establish smoke-free indoor air laws for Columbus, Ohio and a dozen surrounding communities. These efforts served as an impetus that helped lead the entire state to adopt smoke-free indoor air laws in 2006.

Crane also served as a founding board member of the Ohio Tobacco Prevention Foundation. The OTPF was formed by the Ohio General Assembly in 2000, and oversaw the allocation of funds secured from the national Master Settlement Agreement with tobacco manufacturers. OTPF worked to reduce and avert tobacco use by Ohioans by awarding neighborhood grants, operating the Ohio Tobacco Quit Line and developing the nationally recognized “STAND” campaign that encouraged kids to reject tobacco. Between 2000 and 2008, Ohio middle school students reduced their usage of tobacco by 60 percent and high school students reduced their tobacco usage by 30 percent.

Recognized for his knowledge in the treatment of HIV/AIDS, Crane was a former chair and served on the board of the Columbus AIDS Task Force, a full-service, community-based, non-profit AIDS Service Organization providing comprehensive care services, educational programs and an HIV testing program. He was also the clinical training director of the East Central AIDS Education and Training Center, an HRSA-funded educational resource serving all health care providers in Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee.

Crane also served as Board Chair of Mothers Against Drunk Driving for Ohio and West Virginia. In this capacity, he led the call for stricter sentencing for drunk driving convictions, specifically seeking a requirement that offenders must have an ignition-interlock device installed in their vehicles which would prevent them from being started if the driver was under the influence of alcohol.

Crane is a clinical associate professor at the Ohio State University College of Medicine and teaches in the Family Medicine Residency Program of the Ohio State University Medical Center. In 2010, Crane was awarded the Family Physician Mentorship Award from the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians.

Crane received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University; his medical degree from the University of Toledo, and completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Missouri Family Medicine Residency in Columbia, Mo.

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