We are currently accepting nominations for the Tennessee Public Health Association’s Annual Awards to be presented on Thursday, September 13 during the 2018 Conference at the Franklin Cool Springs Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.

TPHA Awards Nomination Process:

  • Nominations must be submitted by TPHA members
  • Download the Awards Nomination Form
  • Complete and Submit the Awards Nomination Form by email to Emily Rushing at: Emily.Rushing@tn.gov
  • The deadline to submit nominations is July 16, 2018

TPHA Awards Eligibility Criteria:

Specific eligibility criteria is listed below for each award:

R.H. Hutcheson, Sr., MD Award– This award is considered the highest award given by TPHA. It is named in honor of Dr. R. H. Hutcheson, Sr., Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Public Health for many years. The award is to be presented to that person in the field of public health who has made outstanding contributions to public health over a period of several years.  The nominee must have been a member of TPHA for a minimum of five (5) years and an Active or Life Member of the Association in the year in which he/she receives the award.

Alex B. Shipley, MD Award – This award is named in honor of Dr. Alex B. Shipley, Health Director of the East Tennessee Grand Division for a number of years. An outspoken advocate of public health, Dr. Shipley’s work contributed greatly to building local health department infrastructure in Tennessee. This award is to be presented to an employee of a regional or local health department who has made outstanding contributions in the field of public health over a period of several years. The nominee must be a member of TPHA for five (5) years, including the year upon which the award is based.

Public Health Worker of the Year – This award is presented to that person in the field of public health who, during the past three years, has provided outstanding service to the field. The person must be in full-time employment in the field and must hold active or life membership in the Association.

Public Health Group/Unit/Department Award – This award is presented to a local, regional or state public health group, unit, or department that has made an outstanding contribution to public health. At least a portion of the team must be a current member of TPHA during the year in which the award is given.

PAL (Partners and Leadership) Award – This award is presented to a non-public health professional, group, or organization which has made a significant contribution on behalf of public health that is extraordinary and would set an example for others. At the discretion of the Awards Committee, two separate categories of PAL Awards (group/organization and individual) may be presented in a given year.

Doris Spain Award for Distinguished Service – This award is selected by the TPHA Board of Directors and is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to the Association.

Public Health Service Awards – Awards are presented to individuals who have had 20, 30, 40 or 50 years service in public health and who have been a member of TPHA for at least five years.

2017 AWARD RECIPIENTS

Public Health Worker of the Year: Robert F. Goff
Public Health Group of the Year: Tennessee Department of Health School-based Dental Program
Partners & Leaders (PALs) Individual: Paula Chilton
Partners & Leaders (PALs) Group: Middle Tennessee Reentry Program
Shipley Award: Jana Chambers
Hutcheson Award: Charles Parker, DDS, MPH
Doris Spain Award for Distinguished Service: Marian Levy, DrPH