Annual Awards

Each year WSPHA’s annual awards recognize distinguished individuals for their contributions to improving the public’s health in Washington. Nominations for the annual awards are solicited from our membership and the broad public health community.

Public Health Leadership Award

This award recognizes competence and demonstration of leadership in areas such as public health advocacy, research, education, leadership and/or equity and social justice. Nominee must have substantive experience in the public health field.

Exceptional Student Award

This award honors a student in public health or a related field who has shown leadership and commitment to public health. Demonstrated areas of leadership and commitment may include advocacy, research, academia, or community involvement. The nominee may be an undergraduate or graduate-level student.

Public Health Excellence Award

This award honors a public health employee who is not in a high level management position and who has shown excellence in public health practice. Demonstrated excellence could include skills that go above and beyond expected standards; professional commitment that has positively impacted fellow employees and /or the community; outstanding professional service in working with fellow employees and/or the public; or other professional actions that bring credibility and respect to the public health agency.

WSPHA President’s Award

Presented to a citizen, who is not a public health professional, and who has demonstrated an interest in promoting the holistic approach to the achievement of health. The recipient is selected and awarded this honor by the current president of WSPHA. There is no nomination process for this award.