The Alaska Public Health Association has a long history of recognizing individuals for their contributions to the public’s health and health education. Each year, the Awards Committee of the Alaska Public Health Association requests nominations for awards to be given at the Alaska Health Summit each year. Alaska Public Health Association awards provide an opportunity to recognize your colleagues and acknowledge their special contributions to ALPHA and public health in Alaska. 

ALPHA Award Criteria and Nomination Forms

Dr. Anne P. Lanier Meritorious Health Service Award: Recognizes the achievements of an individual in the area of health in Alaska over an extended period of time, not less than 10 years. The person honored may be active or retired. A nominee does not need to be an ALPHA member.

Alaska Health Achievement Award: Recognizes an individual whose contributions to the health of Alaska are recent or current. A nominee does not need to be an ALPHA member.

Alaska Health Equity Award: Recognizes an individual or organization who has demonstrated commitment to addressing health inequities in Alaska. A nominee does not need to be an ALPHA member.

ALPHA Award for Long Term Service and ALPHA Award for Short Term Service: Recognizes two individuals who have made outstanding contributions to ALPHA, one over the course of several years and the other during the past 1 to 2 years, by promoting ALPHA’s purpose, “to advance the public’s health.” Nominees must either be a current or past member of ALPHA. Nominees will have demonstrated one or more of the following ALPHA values:

  • Equity – Worked to identify and raise awareness about public health disparities in Alaska and advocated for specific measures to eliminate these disparities.
  • Integrity – Actions were always ethical and based on the best available information.
  • Excellence – Effective in all undertakings
  • Leadership – Guided and influenced issues affecting the public’s health in Alaska.

Alaska Community Service Award for Health: Recognizes an organization, business or group making a significant contribution to improving the health of Alaskans. It is ALPHA’s intent that nominees outside the public health tradition be considered for this award. A nominee does not need to be an ALPHA member.

Barbara Berger Excellence in Public Health Education and Promotion Award: Recognizes an individual who has made special, unique, or substantial contributions to Alaska in the field of public health. A nominee does not need to be an ALPHA member. The award is given in honor of the memory of Barbara Berger, health educator and Past President of ALPHA.

Additional criteria and requirements for all ALPHA Awards

▪ Awards will be made (for each type) only if a suitable candidate is nominated.

▪ For each award category, no more than one (1) award shall be given during any calendar year.

▪ Award decisions will be made by the Awards Committee based on the submission of a completed nomination form.

▪ The Awards Committee reserves the right to recognize a nominee in a different category than the original nomination if the committee members feel it is a better fit.

▪ Oral nominations will not be accepted.

▪ Completed nomination forms must be submitted no later than the established deadline.