Annual Conference awards

Each year at our Annual Meeting we have the honor of presenting several awards for outstanding service in the field of public health. 

2021 Award Recipients

Citation for Outstanding Leadership in Public Health in New York State (Individual): Dr. Kevin Watkins, MD, MPH | Public Health Director, Cattaraugus County Health Department

Citation for Outstanding Leadership in Public Health in New York State (Organization): Center for Community Health & Prevention, University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC)

Legislator of the Year Award: Andrew Hevesi, Member of Assembly

Hermann M. Biggs Memorial Medal and Certificate

Local Leadership: Peggy DiManno, BSN, MS | Special Project Executive NYSACHO

State Leadership: Dr. Gus Birkhead, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics School of Public Health, University of Albany

Past Award winners

2019 Award Recipients

Local Health Department Award: Rockland County Department of Health

Citation  for Outstanding Leadership in Public Health (Organization): NYS Association of County Health Officials

Citation  for Outstanding Leadership in Public Health (Individual): Linda Beers, Essex County Public Health

Hermann M. Biggs Award: Gail Wechsler

NYSPHA Member of the Year Award: Chrystal Johnson 

Legislator of the Year Award: Joe Giordano

2018 Award Recipients

Citation  for Outstanding Leadership in Public Health (Organization): POW'R

Citation  for Outstanding Leadership in Public Health (Individual): Gail Burstein, Erie County 

Hermann M. Biggs Award: Irina Gelman  

NYSPHA Member of the Year Award: Karen Hall

2017 Award Recipients

Citation  for Outstanding Leadership in Public Health (Organization): FamilyCook Productions

2016 Award Recipients

 

Hermann Biggs Memorial Award:

Dr. Perry Halkitis, PhD, MPH

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs of NYU College of Global Public Health 

 

 

 Citation for Outstanding Leadership in Public Health in New York State (Organization):

Karen Laing

CEO and Founder, Health Literacy for All Inc.

 

Citation for Outstanding Leadership in Public Health in New York State (Individual)

 

 2016 NYSPHA Member Award

Judy Rightmyer

Director, Capital District Tobacco Free Coalition 


2015 Award Recipients


Hermann Biggs Memorial Award

Donald Rowe, PhD

School of Public Health  and Health Professions, University at Buffalo



Outstanding Leadership in Public Health in New York State Award (Organization)

Amy Klein

Executive Director of Capital Roots



Outstanding Leadership in Public Health in New York State Award (Individual)

Cynthia Morrow, M.D., MPH

Maxwell School of Syracuse University



Leadership in Public Health Policy Award

Tim Nichols

Albany County Legislator



2015 NYSPHA Membership Award

Lee W. Livermore

Upstate New York Poison Center


2015 Student Poster Awards


First Place and Members' Choice Winning Poster:  "Immunization A Tool to Bridge Population Health"

Poster created by Jilllian Annunziata, Alexis Adusei, Christina Bryce, Rosaria Camarda, Dawn French, Shukura Jacobs, Zulgarnain Javed, Ubanni Odigo, Julia Telfer, and Chris Wray

New York Medical College School of Health Science and Practice



Second Place Winning Poster:  "The Impact of High Deductible Health Plans on Preventive Care Use"

Poster Created by Daniel Write

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences



Third Place Winning Poster:  "Working at Wellness-Crouse Hospital's Worksite Wellness Program"

Poster Created by Katherine Jwaskiewicz

SUNY Upstate Medical University


Each year at our Annual Meeting we have the honor of presenting several awards for outstanding service in the field of public health. The time has come as we requesting nominations for  the 2020 award recipients.  If there is an individual or organization that you would like to nominate for one of the following awards please submit your nomination on or before April 5th, 2021. The individual or organization that you nominate does not have to be a member of NYSPHA.

We are seeking nominees for the following awards:

  • The Citation for Outstanding Leadership in Public Health in New York State (Individual) will be awarded to an individual for outstanding leadership efforts.
  • The Citation for Outstanding Leadership in Public Health in New York State (Organization) will be awarded to an organization for outstanding leadership.
  • The Hermann M. Biggs Memorial Medal and Certificate is a lifetime achievement award that recognizes an individual with demonstrated outstanding achievements in public health in New York State.
  • The Legislator of the Year Award will be awarded to a legislator who has been a public health champion and who has been supportive of public health issues. 
  • The Membership Award will be awarded to a member for their contributions to public health and NYSPHA.
  • The NYS Local Health Department of the Year Award will be awarded to a local health department for exemplary demonstration of advancing the promotion of health, wellness, disease prevention, disability and injury throughout New York State. Honorees should exemplify leadership in local public health in any or all of the following areas:
* Innovative programming
* Emergency management
* Policy development or leadership
* Promotion of the value of public health
* Public health related advocacy efforts


Please click here to submit your award nomination online on or before April 5th


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