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. Celebrate the contributions of your public health colleagues by submitting nominations for the WSPHA Annual Awards. Awards will be presented at the WSPHA Annual Conference.

Nomination for the 2020 Annual Awards are now open for the Public Health Leadership Award, Exceptional Student Award, and Public Health Excellence Award.



 Public Health Leadership Award

This award recognizes leadership competence and demonstration in the areas of public health advocacy, research, education, and/or equity and social justice. The 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 in the areas of advocacy, research, academia, and/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 someone who has demonstrated a 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.

Secretary of Health Award

Presented to someone who works to protect and improve the health of people in Washington State. Awardees are key champions for public health dedicated to serving the people of Washington through education, partnership, and policy change.

Elected Officials Award

Presented to an elected official in Washington who has demonstrated ongoing support for public health and courageous leadership among his or her colleagues. The recipient is selected and awarded this honor by the WSPHA Board of Directors. There is no nomination process for this award.