Awards

These awards honor public health professionals, students and leaders in the field, with the A.C.T.I.O.N grant giving students the opportunity to put grassroots advocacy programs into action.

A.C.T.I.O.N. Grant

The APHA Student Assembly has a scholarship/grant program entitled A.C.T.I.O.N. (Advocacy on Campuses that Impacts Our Nation), an opportunity for all students in public health and related disciplines on campus to design grassroots advocacy projects. The top submission will be granted $500 and should be implemented during National Public Health Week (which is annually observed during the first full week of April). This grant program aims to motivate public health students to create and implement plans for raising public health advocacy on their campuses and in their communities. Applications will be accepted late summer, the winner will be announced at the Annual Meeting, and should be implemented during National Public Health Week. If you have questions, please contact the Student Assembly Action Committee and NPHW Subcommittee.

Trong D. Nguyen Memorial Award

The Trong D. Nguyen Memorial Award was established to recognize the significant leadership contribution of a student in public health or a related field. The award, officially established in April 2007 by the APHA Student Assembly leadership in memory of Trong D. Nguyen, will be presented annually by the APHA Student Assembly.

Trong D. Nguyen, MHA, joined the government of Canada in 1991 and spent much of his public service career at Health Canada and in the Public Health Agency of Canada where he was devoted to policy issues related to environmental health, product safety, quarantine and migrant, health security, bioterrorism, emergency preparedness and response, public health system renewal, Canada-U.S. relations, and was a manager of strategic policy and planning.

Trong’s career was left unfinished as he and his daughter were killed in a tragic automobile crash in February 2006. Trong had studied health administration at the University of Ottawa, where he received the Robert Wood Johnson Award for the student most likely to contribute valuable service to the health administration discipline. While a doctoral student in health policy at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health, Trong was a founding member of the Public Health Student Caucus, the organization that later became the APHA Student Assembly. He was an active member of the APHA until the time of his death in 2006, and a member of the Ottawa Hospital Research Ethics Board and served as director and webmaster for the National Capital Region Chapter of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada. Trong was a quiet but determined leader with a great sense of humor and a fantastic appetite for life.

Under the terms established for the Nguyen Award, the Student Assembly will recognize one student who has made a significant leadership contribution in the field of public health. This can be at any school or at any organization at the national, state, or local level. Neither academic credentials nor grades will be a factor in selecting the awardees. Nominees will be judged by a committee of reviewers based on a personal essay about their public health leadership accomplishment and at least one letter of recommendation. Nominees must be enrolled full time in an academic program in public health or a related field, and be a student member of APHA at nomination due date.

The award consists of a plaque, one-year APHA membership, Annual Meeting registration, and a $250 stipend for travel and lodging to attend the APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition. 

Jay S. Drotman Memorial Award

The Jay S. Drotman Memorial Award was established to recognize the career of a promising young public health professional or student. The award was officially established in March 1979 by Peter Drotman, MD, MPH, in memory of his late brother and is presented annually by APHA.

Jay S. Drotman, MSPH, was a 27-year-old health planning consultant who was killed in a commercial airline mid-air collision in 1978. An honors graduate in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles, Drotman received his master’s degree from Harvard University School of Public Health. He was an active member of APHA, and his last paper was delivered posthumously at the 1978 APHA Annual Meeting in Los Angeles. Applications are due mid-spring, and the winner is announced mid-summer. 

Student Assembly Public Health Mentoring Award

The Student Assembly Public Health Mentoring Award is intended to recognize the essential role of mentoring in public health and leadership development. It is given annually to senior public health practitioners or academics who take an active role in mentoring students and young professionals through regular contact, professional development, research support or joint publications.

The winner will receive an honorarium of $500, a commemorative plaque, travel allowance and complementary registration to the next APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition. The recipient will also be announced in the October issue of The Nation’s Health. Nominations are accepted in March, and the winner is announced in June. 

The Friend of The Student Assembly Award is awarded annually to an individual or organization that has been very influential in the success of Student Assembly activities, programs or initiatives. Nominations and award recipients are made by the Student Assembly Board.

Winners will be notified in June and will be presented with the award during the Student Assembly Welcome and Orientation Session on the Sunday during the Annual Meeting.

Student Assembly Chair’s Citation

The Student Assembly Chair’s Citation was established to recognize the significant leadership contribution of a student in public health or a related field to the Student Assembly as a member of its Board. The award was officially established in November 2011 by then APHA Student Assembly Chair Cameron Culver, and is presented annually by the APHA Student Assembly.

Neither academic credentials nor grades will be a factor in selecting the awardee(s). Nominees will be judged by the current chair, chair-elect and immediate past chair of the Student Assembly based on their commitment and contribution to the Student Assembly Board. Nominees must be either a student or early-career professional member of APHA and a member of the Student Assembly Board at the time of consideration.

The award consists of a plaque and registration to attend the next APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition. The recipient will be honored at the APHA Student Assembly Welcome and Orientation Session on Sunday during the Annual Meeting.