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The awards process is the single most important means that WPHA has for recognizing those who have made significant contributions to public health in Wisconsin. Awards can be nominated at any time throughout the course of the year, but will be presented at the Annual Public Health Conference. Please fill out the Nomination Form below. The deadline for the 2018 Nominations is April 6, 2018.

Questions regarding the awards process or criteria for selection may be directed to either of the Awards Committee co-chairs.

Please view Awards Descriptions here.

Awards Committee co-chairs
: Kirsten Johnson or Deb Lindemann.


Congratulations to the 2017 Awards Recipients


Presidential Citation
Elise Papke
UW-M, Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health

Excellence in Public Health Research Award
Melissa Lemke
UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Excellence in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Michael Wright
Milwaukee Fire Department

Distinguished Service to Public Health
Gary Gilmore
UW-La Crosse

  Carol Graham Lifetime Achievement Award
Karen Ordinans
Children's Health Alliance of WI

Distinguished Service to Public Health
Eric Hartwig
Retired, Marathon County Special Education 
  Spirit of Public Health Award
Emily Dieringer
Winnebago County Health Department
  Spirit of Public Health Award
Christine Nichols
WI Department of Public Instruction

Excellence in Public Health Media Award
Steve Gall
RiverTown Multimedia

Excellence in Public Health Media Award
LaToya Dennis

» 2016 Award Winner Bios

» 2015 Award Recipients

» 2014 Award Recipients 

» 2013 Award Recipients

» Past Award Recipients

Awards Nomination Form


Please enter information only on the nominee below

Please fill out the nominator information below

Be very specific and provide detailed information below as to how the nominee meets the criteria. Supporting documentation can also be submitted.

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