Call for Nominations: Sellers-McCroan Award and GPHA Section Awards


Nomination deadline has been extended for GPHA Section Awards until Friday, February 7, 2020 at 5 pm.
Sellers-McCroan Award nominations are closed.

Preparations are underway for the 91st Georgia Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Conference scheduled to take place on May 6-8, 2020 at the Jekyll Island Convention Center on Jekyll Island. One of the highlights of the gathering is the announcement of public health employees and advocates who have been chosen as GPHA award recipients.

The GPHA Awards Committee, made up of representatives from public health districts and organizations around the state, is now soliciting nominations for all awards, including the distinguished Sellers-McCroan Award, which is presented at a separate event during the conference.

Nomination forms for all the awards can be downloaded using the link below. Please take the time to read through the criteria and consider taking this wonderful opportunity to broadly recognize staff, partners, and advocates for excellence in public health. The Sellers-McCroan Award particularly recognizes an individual or group whose work has had significant impact on epidemiology and/or laboratory services at the state, district or county levels; in academia; or in hospitals.

Award Nomination Forms:

All nominations must be completed on the form provided and submitted as an attachment electronically.

The deadline to submit a nomination for the Sellers-McCroan Award has passed. The deadline for Section Award nominations has been extended until Friday, February 7, 5:00 pm.

Please attach a head shot suitable for publishing in the conference syllabus. Acceptable photo formats are: JPG, GIF, PNG or BMP. Incomplete nominations will not be accepted.

Click an award name below to download the nomination form. Email all completed nomination forms to awards@gapha.org.

Sellers-McCroan Award
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lillian D. Wald Public Health Nursing Award
The Lillian D. Wald Public Health Nursing Award honors a public health nurse who has provided exemplary public health nursing leadership in the state of Georgia. The purpose of this award is to recognize demonstrated initiative and resourcefulness in developing efforts to improve the health of the public through 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.

Nutrition Outstanding Leadership Award
The Nutrition Section of the GPHA proposes a new award to recognize members’ achievements, determination, and efforts. 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 positive attitude.

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.

Ruth Freeman Nursing Section Award Nomination Form
The Ruth B. Freeman Public Health Nursing Award honors a public health nurse who has provided excellence in population health practice in the state of Georgia.

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.

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.

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