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TPHA Awards

The Texas Public Health Association is proud to offer the following awards to members who have exhibited outstanding contributions for the Association or for public health interests in Texas.  Members may nominate another member who they feel meets the criteria outlined in the award description.  Just click on the name of the award for criteria and nomination directions.

If you have any questions, please contact the TPHA office either by phone at (512)336-2520 or  email at txpha@aol.com

Thank you for helping us to recognize deserving public health workers.

Call For Nominations for TPHA Awards 
All Nomination materials must be postmarked no later than February 10 and mailed or scanned and emailed (txpha@aol.com) to:
TPHA/Awards Committee
PO Box 201540
Austin, Texas 78720-1540  
Awards will be presented on March 29 during the Closing Luncheon at the TPHA 2017 AEC-Fort Worth, Texas
Questions? call TPHA (512)336-2520 or email txpha@aol.com

Honorary Life Member:  
One of the greatest distinctions bestowed on a member of the Texas Public Health Association is that of Honorary Membership.  Any active member may nominate a prospective candidate for Honorary Membership by writing to the Awards Committee.  The following criteria are required of nominees for Honorary Membership:
  • Must have been an active continuous member of TPHA for at least 20 years and must have attended ten or more annual meetings.
  • Must have served the Association contributing to annual and regional meeting programs, holding office within the Association, and participating on Association committees.
  • Supporting documentation such as letters from employers, individuals, public citizens or community groups, schools or colleges, or businesses; news clippings, photographs; journal articles; or other documentation pertinent to the nomination.
James E Peavy Memorial Award:  The James E. Peavy Memorial Award is presented annually to the public health worker in Texas who has made significant contributions to the advancement of public health knowledge or practice or who has demonstrated a genuine concern for the health needs of society.  This award is the Texas Public Health Association’s highest accolade for outstanding health professionals; it consists of a $500.00 honorarium and plaque.  The award serves as a living memorial to James E. Peavy, M.D., who served as Commissioner of Health in Texas from 1959 until his retirement in 1975.  Dr. Peavy was an active member of the Texas Public Health Association for 39 years and was made an Honorary Member in 1969. 

The following criteria are required of all nominations:
  • A 250-word (or less) description of why the nominee is deserving of this award.  Descriptions should be concise and specific and should demonstrate the nominee’s work over and above job requirement.
  • A one-page biographical sketch (or vita) of the nominee and a 4 x 5 glossy, black & white photograph of the nominee.
  • No more than 10 pages of supporting documentation such as letters from employers, individuals, public citizen or community groups, schools or colleges, or businesses; news clippings; photographs; journal articles; or other documentation pertinent to the nomination.
  • The nominee must be a member of TPHA.  Nomination may be made by nominee or a sponsor.  If nominated by a sponsor, sponsor must be a TPHA member and sponsor’s name must accompany the nomination.
Legislator of the Year Award for Legislative Excellence: This award may be presented to both a state representative and state senator who has shown special interest in public health issues.  Any active TPHA member may nominate a candidate for these awards. 

The following guidelines have been established for nominees of these awards; nominees must have:
  • Demonstrated an interest in public health issues.
  • Shown a concern for the recruitment and retention of high quality health care workers.
  • Supported legislation which emphasized prevention and health promotion.
  • Facilitated legislation supporting preventive health care, health care professionals, and options of health care.

Other Awards

Public Health Award for Media Excellence

Ron J. Anderson Award for Public Health Innovation
Texas Public Health Association

P.O. Box 201540
Austin, Texas 78720-1540

(512)336-2520 phone
(512)336-0533 fax
txpha@aol.com