Overview and Eligibility

The Commissioned Officers Association (COA) of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Health Leader of the Year Award was established in 1987 to recognize individuals who have made notable contributions to the health of the Nation. Contributions may be in research, administration, service delivery, or some other area of public health.

Eligibility:
· In general, nominees considered will include those who have been in public health practice for more than 15 years.
· Membership in COA is not a requirement for nomination; however, consideration will be given to the nominee’s knowledge and support of the USPHS Commissioned Corps.

Nomination Criteria:
Nominations are encouraged from all agencies (HHS and non-HHS) and shall describe how the candidate has met one or more of the following criteria:
· Scientific achievement and/or clinical research – Achievements and /or research resulting in a significant advancement for human health, including but not limited to: health promotion, nutrition, disease eradication, advances in diagnosis or treatment of illness, injury prevention, health policy, and advances in the acquisition and/or utilization of information significantly impacting the human condition.
· Administration – Conceiving and/or implementing a program of action that goes well beyond ordinary employment expectations and thereby significantly impacts public health in the United States.
· Career – Outstanding service, sustained contributions and productivity, over a career of noteworthy contributions to an organization or system.
· Singular Action – A singular noteworthy act of heroism, valor, or an extraordinary one-time contribution to public health of such prominence to receive national recognition.

Deadline: December 31 each year.

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