UNMC seeks nominations for public health award

Innovators in public health and preventive medicine sought

The dean’s office in the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Chancellor Robert D. Sparks, M.D. Award in Public Health and Preventive Medicine.

The award recognizes individuals who have shown outstanding innovation, excellence, collaboration and impact on health promotion, disease prevention and advancement of effective public health.

Dr. Sparks, who served as chancellor at UNMC from 1972 to 1976, established the award through the University of Nebraska Foundation. Eligible candidates are University of Nebraska faculty members, public health professionals or volunteers who demonstrate excellence, creativity and/or distinguished collaboration in advancing effective approaches to improving public health.

The recipient receives $1,000 cash, recognition at the College of Public Health awards event on May 2, and presents her or his work in public health.

Nominations are due Feb. 28, and should include: 

  • A completed nomination form with the description of the nominee's qualifications;
  • Up to two letters to support the nomination; and
  • A current curriculum vita or resume for the nominee.

These documents will be the primary source of information for selecting the award recipient.

Nomination forms can be obtained by contacting Robin Jaeckel in the College of Public Health at rjaeckel@unmc.edu, 402-559-2328.

Past recipients of this distinguished award are:

2012 - Joann Schaefer, M.D., chief medical officer and director of the Division of Public Health for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services;

2011 - Mary Balluff, director of Community Health Services, Douglas County Health Department;

2010- Mary Lee Fitzsimmons, Ph.D., OneWorld Community Health Center, Omaha;

2009 - Susanna Von Essen, M.D., UNMC;

2008 - David Palm, Ph.D., Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services;

2007 - Magda Peck, Sc.D., UNMC;

2006 - Phil Smith, M.D., UNMC;

2005 - Ian Newman, Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Send nominations to:

Shawn Gibbs, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Student Affairs

College of Public Health

University of Nebraska Medical Center

984355 Nebraska Medical Center

Omaha, Nebraska 68198-4355


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Liz Kumru
UNMC Public Relations
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Tom O'Connor
UNMC Public Relations
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