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 Rodlescia Sneed.  

View our 2015 Awards Program, 2016 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.

2021 AWARD WINNERS

Steven Wallace Lifetime Achievement Award

Richard Fortinsky, PhD, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, UConn Center on Aging

Phillip G. Weiler Award for Leadership in Aging and Public Health

Patricia M. Alt, PhD, Towson University

Archstone Foundation Award for Excellence in Program Innovation

(Winner) “Alameda County Care Alliance (ACCA) Advanced Illness Care Program”, Cynthia Carter Perrilliat, MPA, Executive Director

(Honorable Mention) "Alzheimer's Los Angeles' Recuerdos Perdidos/Lost Memories Telenovela, Margarita Bermudez, Associate Director & Heather Cooper-Ortner, President & CEO

RESEARCH PAPER AWARDS

Aetna Award for Excellence in Research on Older Women and Public Health 

(Winner) DeAnnah R. Byrd, PhD, Arizona State University

Betty J. Cleckley Minority Issues Research Award

(Winner) Bonnie McGrath, Hospital for Special Surgery 

(Honorable Mention) Xiaobei Dong, PhD, University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Erickson Foundation Research Award in Positive Aging

(Winner) Omolola "Lola" Adepoju, MPH, PhD, University of Houston College of Medicine

(Honorable Mention) Siwon Jang, PhD, University of South Florida

Nabuo Maeda International Research Award

(Winner) Hae-Ra Han, PhD, RN, FAAN, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

(Honorable Mention) Duke Appiah, PhD, MPH, Texas Tech University

Rural and Environment Research Award

(Winner) Ashley Chastain, DrPH, MPH, Columbia University School of Nursing

(Winner) Sunming Lee, PhD, Texas A&M University 

NEW INVESTIGATOR AND STUDENT AWARDS

James G. Zimmer New Investigator Research Award

(Winner) Carrie Nieman, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Laurence G. Branch Doctoral Student Research Award

(Winner) Leah Estrada, Columbia University School of Nursing

(Honorable Mention) Kate Jun, MA, MPA, University of Southern California

Masters Student Research Award

(Winner) Enas Alshahrani, New York Medical College

(Honorable Mention) Dagoberto Robles, University of Arizona

Award Descriptions

Cumulative Achievement Awards

Steven Wallace 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.  This award is named after a longtime Section leader, Dr. Steve Wallace, who passed away in 2021.  

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 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.