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 that are submitted by June 30, 2018.

Awards will be presented at the 75th Annual KPHA Conference which will be held in Wichita, Kansas on October 2-3, 2018. Please see the 2018 KPHA Award Nomination Form for award instructions and to submit a nomination. Award descriptions are listed below. If you should have any questions, please contact Nikki Keene Woods, KPHA Awards Committee Co-Chair at 

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. This award includes a $2,000 scholarship prize.

View 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.

2017 Award Recipients

Samuel J. Crumbine Medal
Kim Moore, JD

Public Health Policy Makers of the Year
Hutchinson City Council 

Dorothy Woodin Award
Kim Ens, MS, BSN

Corporate Service
Topeka Housing Authority

Special Service Award
Sonja Armbruster, MA
Ghazala Perveen, MBBS, PhD, MPH

Jane Adams Award
Amy Marks, LMSW

 Virginia Lockhart Award
Kim Neufeld, BA

The President’s Award
Becky Tuttle, MA
2017 Poster Winners

Lessons on Community Health Worker Infrastructure and Policy Change: Case Studies from Texas, Massachusetts, and Minnesota; Sonja Armbruster, MA & Caitlin Brock

Introduction to Family Dance; Brandford Wiles, PhD; Laura Schachtner, MS; Marie Armstrong

Using Online Videos, Infographics and Other Resources; Londa Nwadike, PhD; Karen Blakeslee, MS

View the 2016 award recipients

View the 2015 award recipients

View the 2013 award recipients

View the 2012 award recipients

View the 2011 award recipients

2018 Conference Sponsors

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