The following individuals and groups received awards during the Tennessee Public Health Association’s 2020 Annual Conference. Award recipients were recognized during the opening session of this year’s virtual conference on September 9, 2020.
Carrie Thomas, Division Director of Workforce Development for the Knox County Health Department, is this year’s recipient of the R.H. Hutcheson, 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.
Glenn Czarnecki, Regional Director for the Southeast Region, Tennessee Department of Health, is this year’s recipient of the 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.
LaShan Dixon, Assistant County Public Health Director for Rutherford County, is this year’s recipient of the 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.
The Putnam County Health Department for Tornado Efforts is this year’s recipient of the Public Health Group 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.
Rhea County Give A Chance Event Committee received this year’s 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.
Shannon Railling, Director of the Coordinated School Health Program for Warren County Schools, is this year’s recipient of the Doris Spain Award for Distinguished Service Award. This award is selected by the TPHA Board of Directors and is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to the Association.
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