The awards committee of the Georgia Public Health Association is now accepting nominations for GPHA annual awards, including the distinguished Sellers-McCroan Award, to be presented during our annual conference in May 2023.
This is a great opportunity to recognize a colleague, group, or organization for excellence in protecting and promoting the health of Georgia residents.
Click the button below to submit a nomination through the Digital Commons portal. The deadline for submission for all awards is March 15, 2023, 5:00pm.
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If you have questions about the award nomination process, please contact Tiffany Crowell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
List and Description of Awards
The Sellers-McCroan Award recognizes and encourages outstanding achievement and service to Georgians in epidemiology and/or laboratory services. The recipient is a public health professional in Georgia, whose work has had significant impact on epidemiology and/or laboratory services at the state, district or county levels, or in academia or in hospitals. Learn more about the history of the Sellers-McCroan Award.
Al Dohany Award for Outstanding Community Service
Established in 1999, the Al Dohany Award for Community Service honors public health leader, Al Dohany, who was highly respected among his peers and who made great contributions to the promotion of public health through his work with family connection and community groups at the local level. This award is presented annually to an individual who has made a positive contribution to community health through collaboration with the community and its leaders. This contribution involves encouraging a collaborative approach with existing community entities that is essential to realizing the long-term health outcomes of a community while recognizing the importance of communities and celebrating the diversity that makes a community vital.
Jules S. Terry Memorial Award
The Jules S. Terry Memorial Award was established to recognize an individual whose work has contributed to broaden the provision of health services to individuals. Dr. Terry’s request was that the award not be related to position or discipline, but open to all.
Environmental Health Specialist of the Year
The Environmental Health Specialist of the Year Award is an Environmental Health Section Award to recognize outstanding achievement and service in the field of Environmental Health.
Environmental Health Innovations Award
The Environmental Health Innovations Award is to recognize individuals or teams that have made an innovative contribution to improving the environment and/or protecting public health and to encourage other professionals to search for creative solutions.
Fred Agel Governance Award
The Fred Agel Governance Award is a Boards of Health Section award to recognize outstanding commitment and service in the promotion of public health.
GA Dental Award of Merit
Initiated in 1989, the Georgia Dental Public Health Award is presented to an individual or organization by the Georgia Department of Public Health Oral Health Section and the Georgia Public Health Association Medical-Dental Section for outstanding services and contributions to the Georgia Dental Public Health Program nationally, regionally, statewide, and/or locally.
Stancliff Boone Communicable Disease Specialist Award
The Stancliff Boone Communicable Disease Specialist Award is an annual award for outstanding contributions to the critical work done by communicable disease specialist. This award recognizes one communicable disease specialist for contributions that resulted in positive disease intervention activities within the state of Georgia.
Applied Epidemiologist of the Year
The Applied Epidemiologist of the Year is an annual award for outstanding contributions to the field of applied epidemiology. This award recognizes one applied epidemiologist each year for contributions that resulted in translating epidemiological evidence to clinical, public health, or health policy applications within the state of Georgia.
Kathy Miner Health Education and Promotion Award
The Kathy Miner Award was established to recognize outstanding achievements in the area of health education and promotion.
Larry W. Miller Health Info Specialist Award
The Health Information Specialist of the Year Award began in 1998 and is presented to a member of the Information Technology Section. The Health Information Specialist of the Year Award was established to recognize individuals for their professional contributions to managing, analyzing, producing, and communicating health information.
Barfield Nursing Section Award
The Barfield Nursing Section Award was initiated by the Nursing Section of the Georgia Public Health Association in 1983 to honor Dorothy Barfield who served as the chief nurse at the state level. The purpose of this award is to recognize papers that promote public health by contributing to public health issues, programs, and philosophies.
Lillian D. Wald Public Health Nursing Award
The Lillian D. Wald Public Health Nursing Leadership Award honors the memory of Lillian Wald, the founder of American Community Nursing. She was known as an advocate for the poor and a human rights activist who founded the Henry Street Settlement in New York City in 1893, which changed the model for public health care delivery in New York. She advocated for nurses in public schools and coined the term “public health nurse” to describe nurses whose work is integrated into the public community.
The purpose of this award is to recognize demonstrated initiative and resourcefulness in developing efforts to improve the health of the public through advocacy by way of political, legislative, professional or interdisciplinary collaboration.
Maggie Kline Nursing Award
The Maggie Kline Nursing Award was established in 1989 to honor Maggie Kline who, for several years, coordinated the continuing education program for public health nurses in Georgia. The Award is specifically designed for a public health nurse or a public health nurse specialist who fulfills the nursing role in service delivery to public health clients and families through application of the Basic Skills Assessment Course.
Ruth Freeman Nursing Section Award Nomination Form
This award was established to honor Ruth B. Freeman, and is specifically designed to recognize a public health nurse who engages the use of evidence-based practices to develop and deliver public health interventions to high-risk groups and individuals through data mining, community health assessment, and engagement and mobilization of coalitions and partnerships. This nurse demonstrates the use analytical models to determine and present outcomes of interventions and uses outcomes to advocate for population groups within the community, recommend public health policy, and/or enforce health statutes and regulations.
Administration Outstanding Service Award
The Administrative Section Outstanding Service Award was first given in 2013. This award is presented to someone who has demonstrated exceptional public service by enhancing the fiscal and administrative areas in support of providing public health services to the community.
Rosemarie B. Newman Nutrition Extra Mile Award
The Rosemarie B. Newman Nutrition Extra Mile Award was established to recognize outstanding achievements in the area of nutrition.
J. Patrick O’Neal Georgia Public Health Association Safety and Health Preparedness Section Award
The J. Patrick O’Neal Georgia Public Health Association Safety and Health Preparedness Section Award is to be presented to an individual who has contributed to the work of Emergency Preparedness and Response to recognize outstanding commitment and service in the promotion of public health safety and preparedness.
Nutrition Outstanding Leadership Award
The Outstanding Leadership Award seeks to distinguish Nutrition Support Staff who have consistently shown dedication to their work and have supported others with guidance and a positive attitude. The Outstanding Leadership Award focuses on one individual whose contributions have helped promote growth within their program by continuously demonstrating leadership skills. The award also aims to bring attention to individuals whose work often goes without recognition yet enhances the program’s achievement.