The West Virginia Public Health Association acknowledges the hard work and dedication of Association members, West Virginia citizens, businesses, and organizations in promoting public health.

Our organization confers awards every year honoring selected individuals for outstanding meritorious service in the field of Public Health.

These awards may be granted to:

                                 Persons employed in health-related fields (Public Health Merit Award),
                                 Organizations or groups concerned with Public Health (Organization or Group Award), and
                                 Persons not related to the health profession (Citizens Award).

Listed below are the eligibility criteria for award candidates. A separate application form should be completed for each nomination.

                           Two awards may be given each year for outstanding and meritorious service in the field of Public Health, one of which 

                           shall be given to a person employed in a health-related field and one given to a person in a field not related to a health



                          The work of the individuals chosen shall have made an outstanding contribution to the health of the population.


                          Potential recipients should qualify in at least one of the following categories:

                                                   a. A native West Virginian who has done outstanding work in the state.
                                                   b. A native West Virginian who made their major contribution in another state.
                                                   c. Anyone who has done outstanding work in the state, or mainly in West Virginia.

                          The honor shall not be restricted to long tenure, or advanced age; but if given to a young individual, the merit of the

                          contribution must be such that it cannot be questioned.


                          Recipients should be acceptable to the majority of their co-workers in their respective field.


                          Candidates for the honor shall be considered each year, and the awards made only if justified.

              Regional or national recognition is desirable. 
              Honor may well coincide with a landmark in the honoree's life. 
              Groups may be considered as an option to an individual award.  For example: Lion's Club, 4-H Club, etc.

Nominations may be made by any individual or organization in West Virginia by completing a nomination form and submitting it 
by June 18th to:

West Virginia Public Health Association
Awards Committee
P.O. Box 11635
Charleston, WV 25339-1635

The awards committee and the WVPHA greatly appreciate your nomination for these awards.
WVPHA is interested in honoring individuals and groups that have made public health contributions in West Virginia.  

All information will be kept strictly confidential.