IH Section Awards

Recognizing our finest in International Health (IH) through the IH Section Awards

Each year, the International Health (IH) Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA) recognizes outstanding contributions of its members through its Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in International Health, its Mid-Career Award in International Health, the Gordon-Wyon Award for Community-Oriented Public Health, Epidemiology and Practice, the Distinguished Section Service Award, and the Young Professional Award.  Below is a description of each of the awards and a list of the past winners. To learn more about the awards or to nominate someone, please contact the Nominations Committee.

Carl Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award in International Health

The Carl Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award in International Health honors the visionaries and leaders in APHA who have shaped the direction of International Health.  The evaluation criteria for the Lifetime Achievement Award include: (1) Quality/creativity/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/role model; (4) The volunteerism/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.

Past Award Winners:

  • 2019 – Dr. Russell Morgan
  • 2018 – Judy Lewis, M.Phil.
  • 2017 – Abdullah Baqui, MBBS
  • 2016 – Peter Berman, M.Sc, Ph.D
  • 2014 –  Dr. Douglas Huber
  • 2013 –  Dr. Miriam Labbok
  • 2012 – Mr. Ray Martin
  • 2011 – Dr. Henry Mosley
  • 2010 – Dr. Dory Storms
  • 2009 – Dr. Tom Hall
  • 2008 – Dr. Samir Banoob and Diane Hedgecock*
  • 2007 – Dr. William Reinke and Dr. Albert Henn*
  • 2006 – Dr. Richard Morrow, MD, MPH
  • 2005 – Dr. Michael Latham 
  • 2004 – Dr. William Foege
  • 2003 – Dr. Clarence Pearson
  • 2002 – Dr. Stanley Foster
  • 2001 – Dr. Joe Wray, MD, MPH
  • 2000 – Dr. Jack Bryant
  • 1999 – Drs. Warren and Gretchen Berggren
  • 1998 – Ms. Veronica Elliott*
  • 1997 – Dr. Milton Roemer and Dr. Moye Freymann*
  • 1996 – Dr. Julius (Bud) Prince and Dr. Jeanne Sumner Newman*
  • 1995 – Dr. John Wyon
  • 1994 – Dr. Timothy Baker
  • 1993 – Dr. Cicely Williams*
  • 1992 – Dr. Derrick Jeliffe*
  • 1991 – Dr. Carl Taylor

Mid-Career Award in International Health

The Mid-Career Award in International Health is intended to recognize outstanding young professionals in the IH Section. The evaluation criteria for the Mid-Career Award include: (1) The individual must have committed themself to the promotion and development of primary health care in a cross-cultural setting over a period of 5-15 years [Primary health care is meant here to encompass a broad array of public health issues, including HIV/AIDS prevention and environmental health]; (2) The individual must have 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.

Past Award Winners:

  • 2019 – Jirair Ratevosian
  • 2018 – Mark Strand, PhD, CPH
  • 2017 – Dabney P. Evans, PhD, MPH
  • 2015 – Margaret Jo (Meg) Henning, PhD 
  • 2013 – Dr. Laura Altobelli
  • 2008 – Dr. Gopal Sankaran
  • 2007 – Ms. Jean Capps
  • 2006 – Theresa Shaver, MPH, RNM
  • 2005 – Dr. Tim Holtz
  • 2004 – Dr. Kate Macintyre
  • 2003 – Ms. Sarah Shannon
  • 2002 – none
  • 2001 – Dr. Adnan Hyder
  • 2000 – none
  • 1999 – Dr. Stephen Gloyd
  • 1998 – Dr. Luis Tam
  • 1997 – Dr. Marty Makinen
  • 1996 – Ms. Colleen Conroy
  • 1995 – Dr. Mary Anne Mercer
  • 1994 – Dr. Irwin Shorr
  • 1993 – Dr. Walter K. Patrick
  • 1990 – Dr. Dory Storms

Gordon-Wyon Award for Community-Oriented Public Health, Epidemiology and Practice

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. It 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) The candidate must have had a central role in an outstanding achievement in community-oriented public health and practice; (2) The candidate must have demonstrated creativity in expanding the concepts pertinent to the practice of community-oriented public health with an international focus; and (3) The candidate must have 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.

Past Award Winners:

  • 2019 – Dr. MaryAnne Mercer
  • 2018 – Constance Gates
  • 2017 – Dr.  Laura C. Altobelli
  • 2014 – Ms. Sandy Hoar
  • 2015 – William “Bill” Brieger
  • 2013 – Malcolm Bryant
  • 2012 – Tom Davis, Jr.
  • 2010 – Rajnikant Arole
  • 2009 – Henry Perry and Warren and Gretchen Berggren.
  • 2008 – Bette Gebrian
  • 2007 – Dr. Jaime Gofin

Distinguished Section Service Award

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) Serving 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; (4) Excellence in leadership and strong ability for team work with peers in the IH Section and the APHA.  

Past Award Winners:

  • 2019 – Jean Armas
  • 2018 – Gopal Sankaran and Kevin Sykes
  • 2017 – Theresa Majeski
  • 2014 – Dr. Leonard Rubenstein
  • 2013 – Carol Dabbs and Jessica Keralis
  • 2008 – Rose Schneider and Ray Martin
  • 2007 – Dr. Amy Hagopian and Dr. Mary Anne Mercer
  • 2006 – Theo Lippeveld, MD, MD, DTMPH
  • 2005 – Ray Martin and Allen Jones
  • 2004 – none
  • 2003 – none
  • 2002 – Dr. Marty Makinen
  • 2001 – Ms. Lani Marquez
  • 2000 – Dr. Dory Storms
  • 1999 – none
  • 1997 – Dr. Samir Banoob and Dr. Susi Kessler
  • 1996 – Dr. Henri Migala
  • 1995 – Dr. Ahmed Moen
  • 1994 – Dr. Olive Roen and Mr. H. Pennington Whiteside
  • 1986 – Dr. Raymond B. Isely
  • 1985 – Dr. Diane Hedgecock
  • 1984 – Dr. Kathleen A. Parker

Young Professional Award (New)

The International Health Section recognizes the important contribution of new professionals for their leadership and innovation with its annual Young Professional Award.  This is awarded to an individual under the age of 30, who has made a significant contribution to the field of international health through innovative solutions or demonstrating consistent outstanding achievement and performance.

Past Award Winners:

  • 2018 – Victoria Reville