Nominations are accepted for the annual public health awards each year. These awards are an excellent opportunity to recognize and celebrate the amazing work of your colleagues and partners. The awards are presented by the Colorado Public Health Association (CPHA) and the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) at the 2021 Public Health in the Rockies conference in Keystone, Colorado. The Ignite and Awards Ceremony will be a fun evening of celebrating colleagues and on the evening of Wednesday, September 28th.
Information on the CPHA award nominations will be posted here in late summer. See previous award winners here.
Information on the ColoradoSPH award nominations will be posted in late summer.
CPHA Award Categories
Award for Excellence in Policy:
Established in 1988 by CPHA, this award is presented annually to a person or organization for highly visible past or present efforts within local, state or national efforts in support of public health issues.
Award for Excellence in the Promotion of Health Equity:
Presented by the Colorado Public Health Association, the Colorado Society of Public Health Education and the Public Health
Award for Technical Innovation in Public Health:
This award was established in1972 in recognition of P.W. Jacoe, a Colorado Board of Health member in the 1950s, for his devotion to duty, his excellence of work and accomplishments, his interest, his leadership and contributions to the physical science field of public health. The award is to be given to a person who has made an outstanding technical innovation in public health.
Emerging Leader in Public Health:
This award is given to an individual early in their career serving in a public health capacity who has demonstrated outstanding initiative on behalf of the Colorado public health community.
Exemplary Frontier Public Health Nurse Award:
recognized a Public Health Nurse who has demonstrated exemplary service in a local public health agency located in a Colorado rural/frontier community.
Do you know someone who is deserving of recognition for contributions and accomplishments in public health, but the above awards categories do not quite fit? Tell us more!
John Muth Award:
Named in honor of Dr. John Muth, who served as CPHA President 1983-1984 and El Paso County Department of Health Director, and is still practicing internal medicine and obstetrics & gynecology in Colorado. This award is given to a member of CPHA who has made an outstanding contribution to the Association.
Lifetime Achievement Award:
This award honors an individual who has retired from full-time employment in public health, in recognition of their significant contributions and leadership in the field of public health.
Lillian Wald Award:
Lillian D. Wald (1867–1940) was a nurse, social worker, public health official, teacher, author, editor, publisher, women’s rights activist, and the founder of American community nursing. Her unselfish devotion to humanity is recognized around the world and her visionary programs have been widely copied everywhere.
The Lillian Wald Award was given to a public health nurse who demonstrates leadership skills among peers and community; has practiced a minimum of 5 years; and is creative, resourceful and innovative in addressing public health concerns in the community. This person is caring in relationships with colleagues and clients, and initiates, implements and evaluates public health interventions that focus on health promotion and disease prevention, and shares public health knowledge with colleagues and the community.
Public Health Champ Award:
The Public Health Champ Award was created in 1982 and goes to a fulltime public health employee who is not in a high-level management position. The recipient must be a member of CPHA and have made an outstanding contribution to public health.
Roy Cleere Distinguished Service Award:
The Colorado Public Health Association’s Distinguished Service Award was renamed in 1974 in honor of Dr. Cleere who was the director of the Colorado Department of Health for 38 years. The award goes to someone who is a member of CPHA and has made an exceptional contribution to the field of public health in Colorado.
The Florence Sabin Award was established in 1947 by CPHA. The award is made for achievement in the public health field, in recognition of the outstanding leadership of Dr. Florence Sabin in the promotion of better public health in Colorado. This award is made to a person whose primary career is not in the public health field.