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Public Health Recognition Awards

Man in suit accepting award from a woman in a gray blazer
Man in suit accepting award from a woman in a gray blazer

The Section gives out Public Health Recognition Awards for individuals, organizations, and students each year.


Student Recognition Award:

The Student Recognition Award is given annually to a graduate or professional student who demonstrates distinguished leadership and excellence among peers and who makes a significant contribution to public health promotion in the local community beyond the university setting.


Individual Recognition Award:

Eligible individuals should have made substantial contributions to the health of the community through their work in any aspect of public health.


Organization Recognition Award:

Eligible organizations are private, public, non-profit, faith-based, or public-private partnerships whose mission targets enhancing the health of citizens, neighborhoods, and/or communities in the Greater Philadelphia region.

Past Award Recipients

  • Individual Recognition Award: Jose Benitez, MSW, Executive Director, Prevention Point Philadelphia; President and Treasurer, Safehouse Philadelphia

    Organization Recognition Award: Public Citizens for Children and Youth:

    Student Recognition Award: Fatima Jackson, La Salle University

  • Individual Recognition Award: James Plumb, MD, MPH, Jefferson College of Population Health

    Organization Recognition Award: Philadelphia Department of Prisons

    Student Recognition Award: Elaine Tran, University of Pennsylvania

  • Individual Recognition Award: Robert Simmons, DrPH, MPH, MCHES, CPH, Jefferson University

    Organization Recognition Award: LaSalle Neighborhood Nursing Center

    Student Recognition Award: Alia Salam, Jefferson University

  • Individual Recognition Award: Amy Jessop, PhD, MPH, Prevention Point Philadelphia

    Organization Recognition Award: Healthy NewsWorks

    Student Recognition Award: Karie Youngdahl, Jefferson University

The full list of past winners can be found