APHA Award for Excellence
The APHA Award for Excellence is given each year to a living individual in recognition of his/her exceptionally meritorious contribution to the improvement of health of the people. It honors creative work of particular effectiveness in applying scientific knowledge or innovative organizational work to the betterment of community health. Individuals nominated for the award have made significant and well-recognized contributions to the improvement of public health, but should be at a point in their career where they can reasonably be expected to make further contributions.
The APHA Award for Excellence is now funded by the APHA Awards Endowment, which was established in 1978 through private donations and philanthropic contributions as a means for continuing recognition and encouragement of accomplishments in public health, and to assure perpetual capability to recognize achievement, to express our gratitude, and to urge forward current enterprise and initiation of new effort.