Each year, MPHA recognizes excellence in public health by awarding the following distinctions to organizations and individuals who make a difference in Maine.
Call for Award Nominations
We are now accepting nominations for 2017 Awards! Our 2018 Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 31st, at the Viles Mansion in Augusta. To learn more about each of our Awards, please read below.
The President’s award is the highest award given by MPHA. Nominations are solicited and vetted by MPHA past presidents.
Award Recipients (1985-2015):
William Bredenberg (1991) Lani Graham (1992) Darylen Cote (1993) Mabel Wadsworth (1994) Ed Miller (1995) Sharon Rosen (1996)
Karen O’Rourke (1997) Robert McAfee, MD (1998) Peter Doran, Ph.D. (1999) Judy Feinstein (2000) Lisa Belanger (2001)
Nate Nickerson (2002) Randy Schwartz (2003) Barbara Leonard (2004) Dora Anne Mills, MD (2005) Lisa Letourneau, MD (2006)
Warren Kessler (2007) Tina Pettingill, MPH (2008) Julie Sullivan (2009) Reverend Bob Carlson (2010) Stephen Sears (2011)
Hugh Tilson, PhD (2012) Doug Michael (2013) Becky Smith (2014) Gordon Smith (2015) Joanne Joy (2016)
Public Health Program of Excellence Award
MPHA recognizes effective, efficient, evidence-based and creative public health programs that you know of in your community, district or throughout Maine. The goal of the Program of Excellence Award is to increase the visibility of public health initiatives in Maine, to promote adoption of effective public health programs, and to provide recognition to organizations involved in successful collaborative public health initiatives.
Award Recipients (1997-2016):
1997 Greater Portland Water Fluoridation Initiative, Portland Public Health;
Are You Man Enough to Stop? Portland Public Health Division &
School Based Adolescent Immunization, Community Health Services
1998 Move and Improve, Eastern Maine Medical Center; Outer Island Initiative, Mt. Desert Island Hospital; Kids and Transportation, Greater Portland Council of Governments & Take a Breather! Work Smoke Free, Portland Public Health Division
1999 Ellsworth Area PATCH Exercise Programs; March Into May Greater Portland; Special Screening Day for Women, Portland &
Nursing and Wellness Center, Bath Housing Authority
2000 Saddleback Youth Initiative & Farmington Healthy Community Coalition
2001 Parents are Teachers Too
2002 AH! Asthma Health Program
2003 ME Cares Program at Medical Care Development & Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Public Health, UNE
2004 Maine Comprehensive Cancer Control Initiative
2005 Maine-ly Nutrition; PTM Treatment Initiative & The Maine Tobacco Free College Network
2006 Raising Readers, MaineHealth & Power Up! Healthy Portland, City of Portland
2007 The Smoke-Free Housing Coalition of Maine
2008 Let’s Go!
2009 Maine Youth Overweight Collaborative (MYOC)
2010 Maine Newborn Hearing Program & the Mt. Desert Visiting Nurses Program
2011 United Somali Women of Maine
2012 Diversion Alert Program
2013 Healthy You
2014 Portland Defending Childhood
2015 Muskie Public Health Education Corps & Camp Adventure
Ruth S. Shaper Memorial Award
The Ruth S. Shaper Memorial Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution in the area of public health. The individual will have demonstrated a broad orientation to health promotion and disease prevention that extends beyond his/her specific profession or field of interest. For example, the individual may have made a meaningful impact in health legislation, health education, health policy development, or consumer advocacy at either the community or state level. Professional rank or status in an organization is not an important factor.
Award Recipients (1985-2015):
Merle Nelson Eleanor Irish Jane Root Mal Leary Cameron Duncan Natural Resources Council of Maine Diane Atwood
Michael Chitwood Charlene Rydell Mercy Hospital Parker Harris ME Senate, House of Reps, Exec Branch Portland City Council
Judith Peavey ME House/Senate/Executive Branch Pat Pierson Jean Lavigne Richard Batt Maroulla Gleaton Sean Faircloth
Steven Rowe Rebecca Matusovich James Cohen Betsy Sweet Dora Anne Mills Lauri Sidelko/UM Tobacco-Free Campus Comm.
Portland Board of Education Dr. Jon Fanburg Megan Rochelo Wendy Wolf
Phebe Conrey King Access to HealthCare Award
The Phebe Conrey King Access to Healthcare Award recognizes an individual or individuals who have made a significant contribution to improving access to healthcare in Maine. The individual(s) will have demonstrated leadership abilities in promoting increased access to healthcare by all Maine residents. He or she will have made a significant contribution toward meeting the needs of the uninsured and medically under-served. The nominee need not be a member of the Maine Public Health Association. Programs are not eligible as MPHA has previously established an award to recognize exemplary programs.
Eligible recipients will have made a significant contribution to improving access to healthcare in Maine. Nominees will be judged on the following criteria:
Proven leadership abilities in promoting increased access to healthcare by Maine residents.
Evidence that their efforts have led to the actual provision of healthcare services to the under-served.
A deep commitment to the goal of healthcare access by Maine residents.
The Pamela M.B. Studwell Tobacco Policy Award is given to an individual whose dedication, persistence, and passion for improving lives has significantly advanced best practice tobacco policies in Maine.