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VUSM alum receives service award

Oct. 3, 2019, 10:09 AM

Milton Ochieng’, MD’08, is the 2019 recipient of the Vanderbilt Alumni Association Board’s Alumni Public Service Award. He is one of six alumni who will be recognized at this year’s Reunion and Homecoming Weekend.

Milton Ochieng’, MD

The Alumni Public Service Award is presented annually to an alumnus or alumna with superior service in the public sector, the community or the arts who has positively represented the university and fellow citizens.

“It is an honor to celebrate Milton’s life-changing impact on the well-being of so many people in rural Kenya,” said Jodie Leeka Kim, ME’11, awards committee chair for the Alumni Association Board. “His story is a source of pride to Commodores everywhere.”

Ochieng’ and his brother, Fred, founded the Lwala Community Alliance, a community-led health model to improve the well-being of Kenya’s rural populations, as well as the Lwala Community Hospital.

The 2019 alumni award recipients will be honored Oct. 17 at a special ceremony during Reunion and Homecoming Weekend. More information about the Vanderbilt Alumni Association Awards is at

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