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paul & Sheila Wellstone public health achievement AWARD

Background

The Paul & Sheila Wellstone Public Health Achievement Award is presented to a person who has distinguished themselves in public health through an outstanding contribution, which exemplifies MPHA's mission to promote and protect the health of individuals, families and the community. Additionally, the nominee should have either displayed leadership as demonstrated by the impact of his or her effort on the careers and accomplishments of other public health professionals, or have made a contribution that reflects innovation, creativity or a courageous pioneering effort consistent with professional excellence and public service. The award was renamed in 2003 in memory of the late Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone, who served in the U.S. Senate from 1991 to 2002, and his wife Sheila Wellstone to recognize and honor the significant contributions they both made in promoting the health and well-being of all individuals.

Guidelines

Nominees:

  1. May or may not be a current or past member of MPHA.
  2. Should have made a contribution that exemplifies MPHA's mission to promote and protect the health of individuals, families and the community.
  3. Should have distinguished themselves in the field of public health.
  4. Should have made an outstanding contribution to the health of the public, and have:

a. Displayed leadership as demonstrated by the impact of their effort on the careers and accomplishments of other public health professionals, or

b. Made a contribution that reflects innovation, creativity or courageous pioneering effort consistent with professional excellence and public service.

Paul & Sheila Wellstone Public Health Achievement Award Recipients

1983     Michael Osterholm, Ph.D.

1984     Grace Gummit            

1985     Robert Ten Bensel, M.D. 

1986     Robert Veninga, Ph.D.   

1987     Leonard Schuman, M.D.   

1988     Barbara O'Grady         

1989     Lee D. Stauffer 

1990     Richard Raile, M.D. 

1991     Ann Moorhous 

1992     Jean Forster, Ph.D. 

1993     Bob Hiller 

1994     Beverly Propes 

1995     Christopher Reif, M.D.

1996     Michael Moen

1997     Barbara Spradley

1998     George Bowlin

1999     LaVohn Josten & Barbara Leonard

2001     Jan Malcolm

2002     Aggie Leitheiser

2003     Buddy Ferguson

2004     Donna Anderson

2005     Steven Miles, M.D.

2006     Edward P. Ehlinger, M.D.

2007     Gretchen Musicant 

2008     Lorene Wedeking

2009     Carol E. Berg 

2010     Esther Tatley

2012     Linda Olson Keller, DNP

2013     Angeline Carlson

2014     Charles Oberg, M.D. 

2015     James Harvie

2016     Melanie Peterson-Hickey, PhD

2017     Jaime Martinez

2018     Erica Fishman

2019     Lisa Dunlap

2020     CoCo Villaluz

2021     Jackie Dionne

2022     Maria Veronica Svetaz 

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