Public Health Award

Created: 1989 (First presented in 1992)

This award recognizes individuals who have made or are making extraordinary contributions to the American public's health. Nominees may be:

  • non-physicians who have an extraordinary impact on the public health of their community, state or nation; or
  • practicing physicians who go beyond their patient community and have an extraordinary impact on the public health; or
  • physicians working in public health who have an extraordinary impact on public health.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Nominations must be made by an active category member through the member's chapter.
  2. Nominations without a completed application form(1 page PDF) will not be considered.
  3. Each application must be accompanied by a written narrative and curriculum vitae (C.V.), (not to exceed 10 pages) describing the nominee's public health activity, impact, and any other appropriate details to aid the AAFP Commission on Health of the Public/Science in evaluating the nominee. Please cite, but do not include, videos, books, or other media.
  4. Each application form(1 page PDF) must be accompanied by letters of recommendation from the nominating member and the constituent chapter.
  5. Nominees must demonstrate an extraordinary contribution to the health of America (city, county, state, or nation). It is not a requirement for the nominee to be a family physician or other medical professional. Judging criteria will include but will not be limited to: body of work (projects/programs); training/experience; letters of support; content of written narrative and C.V.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Kevin Kovach, MSc, CHES at (800) 274-2237, ext. 3132 or

View past recipients(47 KB PDF)

Nominations by:

March 1

Nominations from:

Active Members through Constituent Chapters

Nominations to:

AAFP Commission on Health of the Public/Science

Presented at:

Congress of Delegates

*Travel expenses are provided. See AAFP Travel Guidelines for Award recipients.