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.

Nomination Form

Previous Winners

2020 Sara Cody, MD
2019 Umair Shah, MD, MPH
2018 Irina Gelman, DPM, MPH
2017 Beverley A. Townsend, MD, MBA, FAAFP
2016 Leana S. Wen, MD, MSc, FAAEM
2016 Harold S. Goodman, DMD, MPH
2015 Rahul Gupta, MD, MPH, FACP
2014 Deborah A. McMahan, MD
2013 Rex D. Archer, MD, MPH
2012 Gretchen Sampson, RN, MPH
2011 Andrew S. Doniger, MD, MPH
2010 Harvey R. Crowder, DVM, MS, DACVPM
2009 Mitchell Katz, MD
2008 Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH
2007 Stephen Laker, MS, LEHP
2006 Anthony B. Iton, MD, JD, MPH
2005 Harold D. Cox, MSSW
2004 Stephanie B.C. Bailey, MD, MSHSA
2003 Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH
2002 Seth L. Foldy, MD
2001 Harold K. Bengsch, MSPS, REHS/RS, CEPH
2000 C. William Keck, MD, MPH
1999 Nina Sisley, MD, MPH
1998 Diana M. Bontá, RN, DrPH
1997 Mary des Vignes-Kendrick, MD, MPH
1996 Peter Beilenson, MD, MPH