President’s Award

Recipients are selected for their accomplishments in the field of public health by the current MdPHA President and recognized at the Annual Meeting. The following criteria are considered:

       • Distinctive efforts to promote and/or improve public health 
       • Innovative solutions to public health issues 
       • Demonstrates leadership in public health
       • Involvement with the community 
       • Involved in activities that address health disparities
  • 2018: Senator Shirley Nathan-Pulliam
  • 2016: Center for Health Equity, University of Maryland, College Park
  • 2015: Michelle Spencer, MS
  • 2014: Carlessia A. Hussein, RN, DrPH
  • 2010: Frances B. Phillips, RN, MHA, for her leadership in MD’s response to H1N1 virus
  • 2003: Thomas M. Thomas, Health Officer, Harford County
  • 2002: Julie Ann P. Casani, MD, MPH, for her leadership during the 2001 anthrax outbreak
  • 2001: Roger Harrell, MHA, Health Officer, Dorchester County

Michaeline R. Fedder Legislator of the Year Award

The chair of the Advocacy Committee selects the recipient of the Legislator’s Award (with input from the Committee and the Board). It is awarded annually (during Public Health Night in Annapolis, if feasible) to a local, state or national legislator who over the past year has shown consistent commitment to a specific or multiple public health issues within Maryland.

  • 2019: Senator Clarence Lam
  • 2018: Senator Dolores Kelley & Delegate Brooke Lierman
  • 2017: Senator Brian Feldman & Delegate Joseline Pena-Melnyk
  • 2016: Delegate Luke Clippinger
  • 2015: Dr. Calvin Ball, Chair, Howard County Council
  • 2014: House Speaker Michael E. Busch
  • 2013: Senator Brian Frosh
  • 2012: Delegate Pete Hammen
  • 2006: Delegate Shirley Nathan-Pulliam
  • 2001: Delegate Sandy Rosenberg

Leadership Award

  • 2010: Deanna Tran, PharmD Candidate, James Chaifu Wang, PharmD Candidate

Outstanding Public Health Program Award

The Outstanding Public Health Program Award is awarded to a public health program that demonstrates quality of service, dedication in providing services, and creativity in solutions for the community that lead to improved access to care and is involved in activities that address health disparities.

  • 2020:
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  • 2018: The SMILE Program (Starting More Infants Living Equally Healthy)
  • 2016: Health and Education for Haiti, Inc. in partnership with St. Francis of Assisi Parish
  • 2015: Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County
  • 2014: Horizon Foundation
  • 2012: Student Section of the Maryland Public Health Association

Donald O. Fedder Student Poster Award

In May 2002, the annual student poster competition was renamed in honor of MdPHA past president Dr. Donald O. Fedder, in recognition of his many years of committed service to MdPHA, and, as a professor at the University of Maryland, his devotion to his students. Graduate students in the field of public health (or related fields such as health education, nutrition, etc.) are encouraged to submit an abstract for a poster on a public health topic, ideally relevant to the theme of the annual public health week, and if possible focusing on issues in Maryland, but abstracts on other public health topics and populations are accepted.

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  •  2017
    • 1st – “Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Initiation and Completion Rates of Adult Males: The Role of Race and Ethnicity” Taylor Rogers, University of Maryland, College Park, School of Public Health
    • 2nd – “Increasing Prevalence of Opiates in Maryland Suicides by Objective Testing (2006-2017)” Daniel Borota, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
    • 3rd – “Weather-related Effects Among Hemodialysis Patients in Selected Urban Northeast Cities: Preliminary Findings from the HEAT-HD Study” Richard Remigio, University of Maryland, College Park, School of Public Health
  •  2016
    • 1st – “Urban-Rural Differences in Maryland Suicide: The Role of Firearms” Paul Nestadt, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
    • 2nd – “Determinants of College Students’ Nonmedical Use of Prescription Stimulants and Recommendations for Campus Education” Melissa Ross, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
    • 3rd – “E-Puffin: A Mobile App Using Social Cognitive Theory, Behavioral Economics, and Gamification to Reduce the Prevalence of Pre-diabetes in Adolescents” Junaed Siddiqui, University of Maryland School of Public Health
  •  2015:
    • 1st – “Trends in Psychiatric Emergency Department Visits Among Medicaid-Insured Youth” Tomefa Asempa, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research
    • 2nd – “Finding a ‘New Normal’: Following BRCA 1/2 Mutation-Positive Women After Diagnosis” Jennifer L. Young, University of Maryland School of Public Health, College Park
    • 3rd – “Evacuation and Shelter-in-Place Decision-Making for Hospitals During Hurricane Sandy: Perceptions of Authority and Responsibility” Meghan D. McGinty, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  •  2012:
    • 1st Place – “Racial Differences in Body Shape Ideation between African American and White Women in Baltimore City” Jelani Harvey, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
    • 2nd Place – “Barriers to Healthy Eating: A Focus Group among Women at a Transitional Housing Facility” Heather Brotos, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
    • 3rd Place – “Rethink Your Drink, Choice Matters” Meghan Crum, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
  • 2005:
    • 1st Place – Mary T. Glenshaw “Taking Injury to the Streets: Innovative Dissemination through the CARES Safety Center
    • 2nd Place – Lisa Wilson “Implementing Breast Cancer Control Strategies: An Evidence-Based Approach for Translating Research into Practice
    • 3rd Place – Anna Gu “Cumulative Exposure to Cyclooxygenase-2 Inhibitors and Cardiovascular Risk

Excellence in Public Health Media

The recipient of the Public Health Media award is selected by the MdPHA Board of Directors for excellence in reporting in the field of public health over the past year.

The following criteria are considered:
  • Raised awareness of an important public health issue in Maryland
  • Potentially led to action that in some way addressed the public health issue, as appropriate/relevant.
  • 2016: Timothy B. Wheeler and Luke Broadwater, “Lead paint: Despite progress, hundreds of Maryland children still poisoned.” The Baltimore Sun, December 5, 2015

Nursing Section Awards

Ruth B. Freeman Award

  • 2003: Bernadette Gillis Greene, RN MS – Assistant Commissioner, Nursing, Adult & Community Service, Baltimore City Health Department
  • 2003: Linda Delosier Humber, RN, MPH – Director of Nursing, Washington County Health Department
  • 2001: Sara Groves, DrPH, RN – Instructor, The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

M. Frances Etchberger Award

  • 2003: Cheryl Bruce, RN, BSN; Rosalie E. Johnson, RN, MS
  • 2001: Lois Henderson, RN – Community Health Nurse, Howard County Health Department

Community Public Health Nursing Student Award

  • 2003: Josephine Hayes, RN, MS

Parish Nursing Award

  • 2003: Margaret Stahler – Parish Nurse
  • 2001: Kristine Holmes, RN, BSN – Parish Nurse, First Presbyterian Church of Howard County
  • 2001: Brenda McNeely, RN, BSN – Parish Nurse Coordinator, Frederick County Health Department