MPHA has established a number of awards to recognize individuals for contributions to and accomplishments in public health.  Nominations are solicited annually by the Leadership Committee and the awards are announced at the annual meeting.  The awards are:


  • The Albert Justus Chesley Award honors an individual who has “distinguished themselves in the field of public health and who (have), through (their) membership, made a definite contribution to the Minnesota Public Health Association.”
    • 2020 Awardee: 

      MPHA Policy Forum Organizers: Angie Carlson PhD, Lindsey Fabian, MPH, Jean Streetar, MS, CHES®, and Lia Burg, MS, CHES®

  • The B. Robert Lewis Award is presented to "an Elected Official who has distinguished themselves in aggressive pursuit to establish and maintain health as a human right and to secure optimal community and personal health."
    • 2020 Awardee:

      Peggy Flanagan, Minnesota Lieutenant Governor

  • The Harvey G. Rogers Environmental Health Leadership Award honors “an individual who through years of dedication, distinguished service and technical contribution has promoted the public's health through preservation of the environment.”
    • 2020 Awardee: 

      Helen Goeden, PhD, Epidemiologist, Minnesota Department of Health

  • The Paul and Sheila Wellstone Public Health Achievement Award honors “an individual who has distinguished themselves in public health through an outstanding contribution… to promote and protect the health of individuals, families and the community… (and) leadership as demonstrated by the impact of on other’s careers or having made a contribution that reflects innovation, creativity or a courageous pioneering effort consistent with professional excellence and public service.”
    • 2020 Awardee: 

      CoCo Villaluz, Associate Director of Health Equity Programs, ClearWay Minnesota

  • MPHA Student Achievement Award:
    • 2020 Awardee: Winnie LindstromPhD candidate, Epidemiology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

2020 Award Nominations

The MPHA awards are a great opportunity to acknowledge the commitment and contributions of public health colleagues. Please consider submitting nominations for any or all of the above awards throughout the year.


This year's winners will be awarded at the 2020 Annual Meeting at the Eagan Community Center, Eagan, MN. Details of the 2020 Award winners are available here.


2020 Awards Nomination Call Letter

2020 Awards Nomination Form

Questions? Please email MPHA Leadership Committee.

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