Awards

The Aging and Public Health Section has an impressive awards portfolio that highlights aging issues and recognizes those who have taken positive action in support of older adults. Nominations for all awards, except the Cumulative Achievement Awards and Archstone Award, are concurrent with the APHA call for abstracts.  Indicate your interest in an award when you submit your abstract.  

For more information on the Archstone Award, contact Irena Pesis-Katz
For more information on all other awards, contact Lesley Steinman or Stacey Plichta.  

View our 2015 Awards Program2016 Awards Program2017 Awards Program, and 2018 Awards Program for the list of winners along with their photos and bios!  View archives of prior years' award programs in the Aging and Public Health Section Library in APHA Connect

2018 Award Winners

Lifetime Achievement Award
Steven P. Wallace, PhD

Phillip G. Weiler Award for Leadership in Aging and Public Health
Matthew L. Smith, PhD, MPH, CHES, FAAHB, FGSA

Sustained Contribution Award
Marcia Ory, PhD, MPH

Archstone Award for Excellence in Program Innovation
(Winning program) Parkinson’s Center of Excellence, Jewish Home Family’s Parkinson’s Center

James G. Zimmer New Investigator Research Award
(Winner) DeAnnah R. Byrd, PhD

(Honorable Mention) Amanda M. Kong, MPH

Laurence G. Branch Doctoral Student Research Award 
(Winner) Sadaf Arefi Milani PhD 

(Honorable Mention) Marc Aaron Guest, MPH, MSW, CPH, CSW

Retirement Foundation Masters Student Research Award
(Winner) Carolyn Proskow, MPH

(Honorable Mention) Lauren Doodian, MPH

Aetna Award for Excellence in Research on Older Women and Public Health 
(Authors of winning paper) Marie Boman-Davis, PhD, MPH, MCHES, & Jessica Jimenez, PhD, MPH, MA

(Authors of honorable mention paper) Heidi W. Brown, MD, MAS; Meg Wise, PhD, MLS; Tamara LeCaire, PhD, MPH; Emilie Braun, BS; Anna Drewry, MD; Emily Buttigieg, MD, Maria Macco, Jodi Barnet, MPH; Andrew Bersch, MPH; Paul Peppard, PhD; Kristen Malecki, PhD; Javier Nieto, MD, PhD, MPH; Jane Mahoney, MD

Betty J. Cleckley Minority Issues Research Award
(Authors of winning paper) Charlene Gamboa, MPH, & Wrenetha A. Julion, PhD., MPH, RN, FAAN

(Authors of honorable mention paper) Vanessa Curlee, PhDc, MSN, RN, FNP-C, Irene Felsman, DNP, MPH, RN, Jewel Scott, PhD(s), MSN, RN, FNP-C, Lisa Mansfield, PhDc, MSN, BSN, RN, & Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda, PhD, MPH, RN, CPH, FAAN

(Authors of honorable mention paper) Charles Senteio, PhD, MBA, LCSW, Denise Soltow Hershey, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, & Terrance Campbell, MS, MA.

Erickson Foundation Research Award in Positive Aging

(Authors of winning paper) C VandeWeerd, PhD; M Roberts, MA; E Sappington, MA; A Yalcin, PhD; J Lowenkron, MD; J. Castaldo, MD; O Kehat, PhD; G Issachar, PhD; Z Peremen, PhD; & A Geva, PhD

(Authors of honorable mention paper) Jamia M. Saunders MD, MS, Suna Chung MPH, Mohammad Naqibuddin MBBS, MPH, Hina Chaudhry MPH, Samuel Kim BA, Leah Jager PhD, Hanan Aboumatar MD, MPH

Nabuo Maeda International Research Award
(Authors of winner paper) Kexin Yu, MSW, Shinyi Wu, PhD, Pey-Jiuan Lee, MS, Hsin-Yi Hsiao, PhD, Yi-Chuan Tseng, MS, Iris Chi, DSW

Rural and Environment Research Award
(Authors of winning paper) Matthew L. Smith, Samuel D. Towne Jr., Angelica Herrera-Venson, Kathleen Cameron, Scott A. Horel, Marcia G. Ory, Chelsea Gilchrist, Ellen C. Schneider, Casey DiCocco, Shannon Skowronski

(Authors of winning paper) Tashelle Wright, MSPH; Jazmine Kenny, MSPH; Adriana Nunez, MD; Kevin Kwan; Ravi Singh, MS; Paul Brown, PhD; Nancy J. Burke, PhD

Award Descriptions

Cumulative Achievement Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award
The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an outstanding individual with a 20-year or longer career and who has made a significant contribution to public service, scholarship, or science in the areas of geriatrics and gerontology.

Philip G. Weiler Award For Leadership in Aging and Public Health
The Philip G. Weiler Award for Leadership in Aging and Public Health is presented to an outstanding person or organization who has made significant contributions to the field through policy, research, education, or service and has contributed to the Section through leadership activities or funding and policy initiatives.

Best Scientific Papers at APHA Annual Meeting

Susan B. Anthony Aetna Award for Excellence in Research on Older Women and Public Health
Women are the majority of care recipients and caregivers and have longer life expectancies. As a result, long-term care and health care in general are top issues of concern for women today. An overriding goal of the award program is to recognize individuals who make a significant contribution to research on older women and public health.

Erickson Foundation Research Award in Positive Aging
This award recognizes high-caliber research that significantly advances our understanding of physical, social, psychological, financial, and/or civic dimensions of positive aging on either the individual or community level. This research should enhance the impact of such scientific advances on public policy.

Nobuo Maeda International Research Award
This award is for International research topics. The award is intended to recognize and further the career of leaders in international research and policy development.

Betty J. Cleckley Minority Issues Research Award
The purpose of the award is to recognize individuals in aging and public health research who have made a significant impact on the lives of older people who are members of minority groups. Minimizing health disparities and improving access to health and long-term care services are important issues for minority populations in the U.S.

Aging Public Health- Rural and Environment Research Award
The purpose of the award is to recognize individuals in public health research who have made a significant difference to understanding the impact that rural location and/or environment have on aging and public health. Research can focus on rural issues and environment issues separately or jointly on both areas.

James G. Zimmer New Investigator Research Award
This award is given to new investigators in recognition of past excellence and promise of future excellence in research. A “new investigator” is defined as someone who is within five years of completion of his or her terminal degree. The award is intended to recognize and further the careers of future leaders in research.

Laurence G. Branch Doctoral Student Research Award and the Retirement Foundation Masters Student Research Award
These two awards honor outstanding students for exceptional research during their training. Individuals honored by these awards have completed a research project as a student. Research projects are completed in the areas of gerontology, aging, chronic illness and disability in adults, long-term care, or geriatrics.

Practice Innovation Award

Archstone Foundation Award for Excellence in Program Innovation
This award identifies best practice models in the field of aging and health. Emphasis will be given to programs that have effectively linked academic theory with applied practice in the field of aging and public health.