Annual Awards

Each year WSPHA’s annual awards recognize distinguished individuals for their contributions to improving the public’s health in Washington. Nominations for the annual awards are solicited from our membership and the broad public health community. Celebrate the contributions of your public health colleagues by submitting nominations for the WSPHA Annual Awards. Awards will be presented at the WSPHA Annual Conference.

Below are the 2022 Annual WSPHA Award winners!

 Public Health Leadership Award

This award recognizes leadership competence and demonstration in the areas of public health advocacy, research, education, and/or equity and social justice. The nominee must have substantive experience in the public health field.




Michelle Davis

Executive Director
Washington State Board of Health 

 

 



Dr. 
Dakotah Lane

Executive Medical Director
Lummi Tribal Health Clinic

 

 


Pama Joyner

Director, COVID 19 Care Coordination Project
Washington State Department of Health

 



Dr. Michele Andrasik

Director, Social & Behavioral Sciences and Community Engagement
Fred Hutchison Cancer Center

 

 

 

Public Health Excellence Award

This award honors a public health employee who is not in a high level management position and who has shown excellence in public health practice. Demonstrated excellence could include skills that go above and beyond expected standards; professional commitment that has positively impacted fellow employees and /or the community; outstanding professional service in working with fellow employees and/or the public; or other professional actions that bring credibility and respect to the public health agency.


Dr. Meredith Li-Vollmer

Risk Communication Specialist
Public Health - Seattle & King County

 




Megan Moore

Healthy Communities Specialist
Kitsap Public Health District

 

 




Alyssa Pavitt

Regional Coordinator
Whatcom County Health Department

 

 

 

Health Equity Award 

This award recognizes and honors a person who has championed the cause of equity and undoing of racism in their community. Examples of this work could include policy change, leadership, activism, community mobilization, or research.


Dr. Esther Min


Director for Environmental Health Research Partnerships
Front and Centered

 



Vanessa Rojas


Community Engagement Specialist
Washington State Department of Health




 

Exceptional Student Award

This award honors a student in public health or a related field who has shown leadership and commitment to public health in the areas of advocacy, research, academia, and/or community involvement. The nominee may be an undergraduate or graduate-level student.


Julia Bennett

PhD student
University of Washington, Department of Epidemiology 

  





Nhu Nguyen

 Bachelor of Arts in Public Health-Global Health and a Bachelor of Science in Biology
University of Washington, School of Public Health

 

  

 

Anne Massey

PhD student
University of Washington, Department of Epidemiology








Dr. Tiffany Liu

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
University of Washington, School of Nursing

 

 

June Robinson Public Health Funding Award

Presented to an elected official in Washington who has demonstrated ongoing support for public health and courageous leadership among his or her colleagues related to public health funding. The recipient is selected and awarded this honor by the WSPHA Board of Directors. There is no nomination process for this award.

 

 

Representative Jake Fey

27th Legislative District

 

 

 

 

Senator Marko Liias

21st Legislative District

 

 

Laurie Jinkins Public Health Champion Award

Presented to an elected official in Washington who has demonstrated ongoing support for public health and courageous leadership among his or her colleagues. The recipient is selected and awarded this honor by the WSPHA Board of Directors. There is no nomination process for this award.

 

 

Representative Eileen Cody

34th Legislative District

 

 

 

Public Health Governance Award

This award recognizes and honors a Board of Health (on any level) that champions public health and its critical role in the community it serves. Examples of this include policies, resolutions, and funding.

 

 

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

 

 




Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department

 

 

WSPHA President’s Award

Presented to someone who has demonstrated a holistic approach to the achievement of health. The recipient is selected and awarded this honor by the current president of WSPHA. There is no nomination process for this award.

 

 

JanMarie Ward, MPA

Private Consultant & 2022 WSPHA President-Elect
 

 

 


 


Jefferson Ketchel, MA RS

Executive Director, WSPHA

 

 

 

 

Secretary's Award

Presented to someone who has demonstrated a holistic approach to the achievement of health. The recipient is selected and awarded this honor by the current Secretary of Health for Washington State. There is no nomination process for this award.

Lou Schmitz
Consultant, American Indian Health Commission

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