Eligibility Criteria for Henrik L. Blum Award for Excellence in Health Policy

The Henrik L. Blum Award for Excellence in Health Policy recognizes an individual, group of individuals, or an organization who/that has demonstrated excellence, creativity, and innovation in the development and/or implementation of health policy.

Health Policy is defined as policy that significantly impacts the organization, delivery, or financing of health care service provision at a national, regional, state, or local level. It includes systems development activities, regulation, legislative efforts, administrative processes, and planning aimed at promoting and improving health and/or achieving a rational allocation of health care resources. Policy is also considered to be outcome oriented and focuses on content, both intended and resulting rather than on methodology, and can result from the work of community leaders, volunteers, professionals, facilitators, as well as planners or other health care practitioners.

Eligibility Criteria:

·        The individual or organization must have made a significant and noteworthy contribution to the practice of policy development and/or implementation through professional effort, personal work, or voluntary service, which demonstrates excellence as judged by his/her peers.

·        The accomplishment must demonstrate excellence, creativity, and innovation in policy development and/or implementation that addresses a significant health-related issue. Research projects and work dealing with policy are eligible for recognition.

·        The recipient need not be a member of the American Public Health Association, Community Health Planning and Policy Development Section.

·        The nominator must be member of the American Public Health Association Community Health Planning and Policy Development Section.

·        The award may recognize sustained efforts over a period of time or a single outstanding contribution.

·        Section elected officers including the Chair, chair-elect and Secretary, and members of the Awards Committee are not eligible to receive the award in the year of their terms of office or committee membership. .

·        The nominee may not be a previous recipient of the CHPPD Excellence in Policy award.

One award may be made per year. In very unusual circumstances, two awards may be made in one year upon unanimous recommendation of the Awards Committee and concurrence of the CHPPD Section Chair.  If no nominations sufficiently meet the criteria to merit an award, the Awards Committee may at its discretion not make an award.