2013 APHA Executive Director Citation


Shelley Hearne, DrPH, MPH, received the APHA Executive Director Citation for her exceptional, distinguished service to the Association.

Hearne is a visiting professor in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management. Previously the director of the Pew Health Group of the Pew Charitable Trusts overseeing food safety, medical safety, research and biomedical programs, she also was the founding executive director of the Trust for America’s Health. There, she launched the successful campaigns ‘F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies are Failing in America’ and ‘Ready or Not: Protecting the Public’s Health in the Age of Bioterrorism.’

Among her many other public health positions, Hearne also was executive director of the Pew Environmental Health Commission, acting director of the New Jersey Office of Pollution Prevention and a scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Hearne advocated for such key legislation as the Food Safety Modernization Act, the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act and the FDA Safety and Innovation Act.

A long-time APHA member, Hearne served as a member and chair of the Executive Board. She co-chairs the Public Health Systems Transformation Advisory Committee and previously was chair of the Environmental Health Section and the Joint Policy Committee’s Group B (Environment) Reference Committee. She also was a member of APHA’s Governing Council and Environmental Section Council.

Hearne was vice president of the Council on Education for Public Health and has authored many national health reports on topics ranging from bioterrorism to obesity. She served on an external workgroup for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Terrorism Preparedness and Response, which provided advice for CDC bioterrorism performance measures. Among her numerous other public health advisory positions, she was a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Act Advisory Committee, Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee, Pollution Prevention Working Group Forum on State and Tribal Toxics Action and a founding Coordinating Committee Member for the Forum on State and Tribal Toxics Action.

Hearne has testified and offered written testimony numerous times before congressional committees, including the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform, the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee on Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness and U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.

Her many peer-reviewed articles and papers have explored such topics as practice-based teaching for health policy and advocacy, chronic disease prevention and control, and identification and regulation of occupational carcinogens.

Hearne’s many honors and awards include the Common Good Award from Bowdoin College recognizing “extraordinary, profound and sustained commitment to the common good, in the interest and benefit of society, with conspicuous disregard for wealth or status,” the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the APHA Environmental Health Section’s Distinguished Service Award and the Senator Frank Lautenberg Award for lifetime achievement in public health advocacy.