The NNPHI Awards Program recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations that have made exemplary contributions to improving the public’s health and embody NNPHI’s mission and values. NNPHI’s mission is to support national public health system initiatives and strengthen public health institutes to promote multi-sector initiatives resulting in measurable improvements of public health structures, systems, and outcomes.
The theme of this year’s conference, Bridging Partners to Advance Health Equity, reflects our commitment to bringing together partners to develop policy and program interventions that strive to eliminate racism, promote healing, and achieve health equity to protect and improve the health of all people. This year’s award NNPHI award recipients embody these values and exemplify outstanding and innovative work, leadership in Public Health, and devotion to a healthier and more equitable world.
Network Member Impact Award
The Network Member Impact Award is bestowed on a NNPHI network member that exemplifies the mission and vision of NNPHI by working effectively in partnership, using evidence-based methods to improve public health, and has had a measurable impact in the region, state, or locality.
The Institute for Public Health Innovation is this year’s 2023 NNPHI Network Member Impact Award Winner. IPHi’s provided essential capacity support to state and local health departments in the Washington, DC-Maryland-Virginia region during the COVID-19 pandemic. The nimble response from the IPHi team allowed them to successfully recruit, hire, and retain a surge workforce, provide rapid training, and reduce infections, hospitalizations, and deaths through the deployment of CHWs and contact tracing.
Rising Star Award
The Rising Star Award is bestowed on a promising new leader who embodies the spirit of NNPHI’s mission and vision.
Alison Zuercher, MPH, Continuous Improvement Analyst at Maricopa County Public Health is being recognized for her incredible community engagement work. Alison stepped into her role at Maricopa County Public Health and immediately showed leadership, innovation, and enthusiasm to move the organization’s work forward. Local public health is fortunate to have Allison making such impressive contributions.
Public Health Innovation Award
The Public Health Innovation Award which is presented to an organization or individual who has taken a risk and developed an innovative solution or created a unique partnership resulting in new approaches, scalable ideas and new ways of working together
Fort Bragg Public Health Partnership has been selected for this year’s Public Health Innovation Award recipient. The Fort Bragg academic-practice partnership is a great national-level example of innovative entrepreneurship. Some of FBPHP’s exciting work includes partnership development with the armed forces to implement creative strategies to address food insecurity for military families.
Health and Racial Equity Partnership Award
The Health and Racial Equity Partnership Award is bestowed on a network member and a community-based organization that together has taken courageous action in addressing the impacts of racism and structural inequities that impact communities directly impacted by systemic oppression such as racism. Partnerships that have led clear, bold action to declare that racism is a public health crisis and have vocally challenged the status quo to disrupt systems of power and elevate the voices of those historically marginalized. An additional focus for this award is on partnerships that center and/or are made up of community-based organizations (CBOs) that represent Black, Brown, Indigenous and other communities that are resisting systems of oppression.
Minou Jones, founder and CEO, Making it Count Community Development Corporation is this year’s recipient of the NNPHI Health and Racial Equity Award. Minou is being recognized for the excellent work she has done with the Making it Count Community Development Corporation as well as Detroit-Wayne-Oakland Tobacco-Free Coalition. Through community engagement, Minou has built a robust network of Black-owned businesses, faith leaders, youth-serving organizations, and many other partners to fulfill her deep commitment to ending the predatory practices of menthol tobacco in Black communities.
Once again, we would like to congratulate to our 2023 NNPHI award winners!
We look forward to presenting you with your awards and celebrating the advancement of health equity with you at the 2023 NNPHI Annual Conference! Find out more about #NNPHIAC23 by visiting here.