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Milton and Ruth Roemer Prize


The Milton and Ruth Roemer Prize for Creative Local Public Health Work, is awarded to a local health officer of a county, city or other unit of local government, in recognition for outstanding creative and innovative public health work. The prize was endowed by two devoted members of APHA Milton Roemer, MD and Ruth Roemer, JD, both of whom envisioned an annual prize to honor a public health worker engaged in innovative public health service in their community.

For the purpose of this prize, public health work refers to organized public efforts, intended to protect, advance, or recover the health of the general population or special populations. Priority shall be given to a health officer whose work can be replicated by other health officers, has overcome opposition, and has mobilized popular support for his or her work.