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Call for U.S. Public Health Service Award nominations

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The United States Public Health Service is sponsoring an Award for Excellence in Public Health for 4th year+ (2024 graduating students). This award is intended to recognize UWSOM medical student for their continued commitment and dedication to service learning and public health over the course of their medical school career.

If you would like to self-nominate for this award, please fill in this Microsoft Form.

Due date for self-nominations is Monday, Dec. 4, 2023.


The student will be evaluated to determine the extent to which they have demonstrated excellence and dedication to one or more of the following achievements while enrolled in your

medical school.

  1. Development and implementation of programs that advance the overarching goals and

achieve the objectives of Healthy People 2030. The overarching goals of Healthy People

2030 are:

  • Attain high-quality, longer lives free of preventable disease, disability, injury, and

premature death.

  • Achieve health equity, eliminate disparities, and improve the health of all groups.
  • Create social and physical environments that promote good health for all.
  • Promote quality of life, healthy development, and healthy behaviors across all life


  1. Development and implementation of programs that address The Surgeon General’s Priorities:
  2. COVID-19
  3. Health Misinformation
  4. Health Worker Burnout
  5. Youth Mental Health
  1. Participation in programs that support the philosophy and/or goals of the U.S. Public Health Service as articulated in the specific objectives of Healthy People 2030 and/or The Surgeon General’s Priorities. 
  2. Accomplishments of a single outstanding act of significant benefit to a medically underserved community. Examples could be projects supporting improved access to health services through advocacy or outreach efforts.
  3. Completion of research that adds to the knowledge base needed to advance the goals of Healthy People 2030 and/or The Surgeon General’s Priorities.
  4. Conduct applied public health activities in collaboration with local, state, or federal public health agencies to investigate health threats, implement control measures, and recommend preventive actions (e.g., assisting with outbreak investigation, analyzing surveillance data, developing guidance documents).

The nomination narrative will also be used to evaluate the student’s award candidacy based on the level of leadership demonstrated (e.g., starting a program versus participating in an already-existing program), the impact of the student’s work (e.g., size of population affected, magnitude of health impact), and the student’s commitment to a career in public health/preventive medicine (e.g., through pursuit of additional degrees and/or training).

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