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Public Health Awards Nomination Period Now Open

PAHO-PAHEF Excellence in Inter-American Public Health Awards Nomination Period Open Through June 28

Washington, D.C. (March 18, 2013) – The nomination period for the 2013 PAHO/PAHEF Awards for Excellence in Inter-American Public Health is now open.

Through the awards, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) recognize innovative individuals, programs, institutions, and organizations advancing health in the Americas, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean. The awards highlight key aspects of public health as a way to stimulate the growth of the next and rising generation of leaders working together to improve health and health care in the Americas.

The five awards in this call are:

  • The Abraham Horwitz Award for Excellence in Leadership in Inter-American Public Health
  • The Clarence H. Moore Award for Excellence for Voluntary Service
  • The Fred L. Soper Award for Excellence in Public Health Literature
  • The Pedro N. Acha Award for Excellence in Veterinary Public Health
  • The Sérgio Arouca Award for Excellence in Universal Health Care

The nomination period is open through June 28, 2013. Nomination forms for each can be found online:

Established in 1975, these awards have become known throughout the Americas as prestigious honors and career milestones, and a unique opportunity to help bring recognition to those who have dedicated their careers to improving public health in the Western Hemisphere. Learn more about the Awards and past recipients.

For each award, an independent jury of distinguished public health professionals, peers, and academics, who are appointed by PAHO and PAHEF, is convened to review the nominations and recommend a winning candidate to the PAHEF board of directors for approval. Each award includes a cash prize or research grant, certificate of honor, and a symbolic representation of the award. The cash prizes or research grants are funded by either family members of the person for whom the award is named, by governments, or by PAHEF general funds.

Awardees are also invited to Washington, D.C. during the PAHO Directing Council Meeting to be recognized during an evening event with dignitaries, including ministers of health from throughout the Americas, OAS ambassadors, U.S. government officials, and private sector representatives.

About PAHEF: The Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) is dedicated to improving health in the Americas through health promotion, education, and training. Founded in 1968, PAHEF is a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) public charity that works with the PAHO and other strategic partners in the Americas to mobilize resources and jointly address key health, education, and training priorities. With a deep knowledge of major health concerns and strong relationships with key stakeholders in the region, PAHEF builds successful partnerships and projects that advance health in the Americas.

About PAHO: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) was established in 1902 and is the world's oldest international public health organization. It works with all the countries of the Americas to improve the health and quality of life of the people of the hemisphere and serves as the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Photo: 2012 PAHO/PAHEF Awards Ceremony, ©PAHO/WHO

A Sample of Recent PAHEF Projects in the Region