Now Accepting Nominations for this year’s Section Awards!

Our Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for this year’s Section Awards, to be presented at the Awards Ceremony at this year’s Annual Meeting of APHA, which will be held in Chicago in October. Each year, our section recognizes outstanding contributions of its members through four awards:

  • The Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in International Health honors the visionaries and leaders in APHA who have shaped the direction of International Health.
  • The Mid-Career Award in International Health recognizes outstanding emerging professionals in our section.
  • The Gordon-Wyon Award for Community-Oriented Public Health, Epidemiology and Practice rewards outstanding achievement in community-oriented public health epidemiology and practice.
  • The Distinguished Section Service Award honors outstanding service to the International Health Section.

The Lifetime Achievement Award in International Health was created by the IH Section to honor the visionaries and leaders in APHA who have shaped the direction of International Health. The evaluation criteria for the Lifetime Achievement Award include: (1) the quality, creativity, and innovativeness of the individual’s contributions to the field of international health; (2) the individual’s contributions to the development of APHA or the IH Section; (3) application of the individual’s work to service delivery (as opposed to primarily theoretical value); (3) the individual’s contributions as a leader, visionary, or role model; (4) the volunteerism or sacrifice associated with the individual’s contributions; and (5) membership in APHA (preferably with primary affiliation with the IH Section), a State affiliate, or a national public health association that is a member of the World Federation of Public Health Associations. No self-nomination is allowed.

The Mid-Career Award in International Health is intended to recognize outstanding emerging professionals in the IH Section. The evaluation criteria for the Mid-Career Award include: (1) the individual’s commitment to the promotion and development of primary health care in a cross-cultural setting over a period of 5-15 years (with primary health care encompassing a broad array of public health issues, including HIV/AIDS prevention and environmental health); (2) demonstrated creativity in expanding the concepts pertinent to the practice of public health with an international focus; and (3) membership in APHA (preferably primary affiliation with the IH Section), a State affiliate, or a national public health association that is a member of the World Federation of Public Health Associations. No self-nomination is allowed.

The Gordon-Wyon Award for Community-Oriented Public Health, Epidemiology and Practice is intended to reward outstanding achievement in community-oriented public health epidemiology and practice. This award was established in 2006 by the IH Section and is administered by the Community Based Primary Health Care Working Group. John Gordon and John Wyon were pioneers in this field, so encouraging and recognizing others in this field is one important way of honoring their memory. The evaluation criteria for this award include: (1) a central role in an outstanding achievement in community-oriented public health and practice; (2) demonstrated creativity in expanding the concepts pertinent to the practice of community-oriented public health with an international focus; and (3) membership in APHA or one of its affiliates (either a State affiliate or a national public health association that is a member of the World Federation of Public Health Associations). No self-nomination is allowed.

The Distinguished Section Service Award is intended to honor outstanding service to the IH Section. Award criteria are: (1) dedication to the IH Section mission and goals as demonstrated by continuing exceptional contribution to its activities; (2) service on the section elective positions or chairing its committees with remarkable or unusual effort and achievements; (3) distinguished achievement in the international health field with a remarkable career; and (4) excellence in leadership and strong ability for team work with peers in the IH Section and APHA. Current membership in APHA is essential.

Award nominations should include a detailed letter explaining why the individual nominated should receive the award, addressing the criteria for the specific award and the curriculum vitae of the nominee. Both documents (the nomination letter and the curriculum vitae) should be submitted electronically as a Word document or PDF. Only nominations with the required documentation will be considered for the awards. Nominations should be submitted by e-mail to the Awards Committee chair, (currently Gopal Sankaran, gsankaran@wcupa.edu).

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