Promoting and Improving     
     Population Health in Kansas

Each year during the Fall Conference, the Kansas Public Health Association recognizes service and commitment to public health through a variety of awards.

We need your help to recognize the public health efforts of outstanding individuals and organizations! The Awards Committee is now considering nominations for the 2019 conference. 

2019 awards will be presented at the 76th Annual KPHA Conference which will be held in Topeka, Kansas on September 24-25, 2019. Click here to submit a nomination. Award descriptions are listed above. If you should have any questions, please contact Nikki Keene Woods, KPHA Awards Committee Chair at All nominations are due by July 18th, 2019.  

Awards Categories

  • Samuel J. Crumbine Medal, KPHA's highest award, is given for meritorious service and state, regional, or national recognition related to the improvement of the health of Kansans and/or the environment of the state. Recipients of other KPHA awards may receive this award. aView the recipients since 1946                                                                                              
  • Special Service Awards are for individuals who have rendered outstanding service to Kansas in the interest of public health and/or environmental improvement. Two special service awards may be given annually, one of which may be to a non-member of KPHA.                          
  • Dorothy Woodin Award is bestowed on a public health nurse for outstanding public health nursing services.                                                                                                     
  • Jane Addams Award is for a social worker who exemplifies the qualities of Jane Addams, including a pioneering spirit, a trailblazer, and one striving to improve the health of the poor and the sanitary conditions of communities.                                               
  • Virginia Lockhart Health Education Award is given for outstanding service in public promotion of health and/or environmental issues.                                                            
  • Corporate Public Health Service Award may be presented annually to a company or organization which, through public policy activities, makes a significant contribution to the mission of public health and/or environmental improvement in Kansas.                                                                                   
  • Public Health Policy Maker(s) of the Year may be awarded annually to local, state, or federal lawmakers who are public health champions. Considerations should include legislation sponsored or co-sponsored by the lawmaker, any leadership provided in protecting public health programs and funding, policy initiatives designed to protect the public’s health and any other examples of leadership that cannot necessarily be captured in a legislator’s voting record.                                                                                                                        
  • President's Award is awarded at the discretion of the association's president to acknowledge special accomplishments of an individual or organization towards improving the public's health in Kansas.                                                                                  

2018 Award Recipients

Samuel J. Crumbine Medal
Richard Cagan, BA      

Public Health Policy Makers of the Year
Robert Archer and Elaine Schwartz, Shawnee County Commission & City Council of Topeka

Dorothy Woodin Award
Jolynn Dowling, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC, IBCLC

Corporate Service
Blue Cross Blue Shield & Virginia Barnes

Special Service Award
Bertha Mendoza, MA
Rebecca Garza, MS

Jane Adams Award
Lori Salazar, LMSW

 Virginia Lockhart Award
Megan Foreman, BA

The President’s Award
Cristi Cain, BS

2018 Poster Winner

High Intensity Functional Training and Traditional Weight Training Improve Multiple Fitness Measures in College Students

Authors: Sarah Cosgrove, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Kansas State University; Katie Heinrich, PhD, Associate Professor, Kansas State University; Brittany Hollerbach, MS, Graduate Student Research Assistant, Kansas State University

View the 2018 award recipients

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2019 Conference Sponsors

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