Call for Nominations Closing Soon for PAHO/PAHEF 2011 Fred L. Soper Award for Excellence in Public Health Literature

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The PAHO/PAHEF Fred L. Soper Award for Excellence in Public Health Literature recognizes an outstanding article that has high and far-reaching impact in the region of the Americas, especially in Latin America and/or the Caribbean. The article must have been published within the last three years.

Dr. Fred L. Soper was the director of the forerunner (Pan American Sanitary Bureau) to the Pan American Health Organization from 1947 to 1959.

Nominations may be submitted at http://www.pahef.org/soper

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) is calling for nominations of scientific articles of significant impact on the public health literature in Latin America and/or the Caribbean for the 2011 Fred L. Soper Award for Excellence in Public Health Literature. The articles must have been published within the three years previous to the nomination in a scientific journal that is indexed in a medical database (e.g., PubMed, SciELO) or in the Pan American Journal of Public Health.

Known throughout the Americas as a career-defining honor, the Fred L. Soper Award for Excellence in Public Health Literature recognizes an outstanding article that has high and far-reaching impact in the region of the Americas, especially in Latin America and/or the Caribbean.

Nominations may be submitted at http://www.pahef.org/soper.

Full guidelines are also available at this URL. Nearly anyone may submit a nomination (exceptions are noted in the guidelines), including editors of journals or authors of articles.

The award consists of a cash prize, a certificate of honor, and a symbolic representation of the award. The awardee is invited to attend the annual meeting of the PAHO Directing Council and will be a guest of honor at PAHO/PAHEF’s awards program event in Washington, DC.

In 2009, the most recent year the award was presented, Dr. Guilherme Luiz Guimaraes Borges, of Mexico, won for the paper "Traumatic events and suicide-related outcomes among Mexico City adolescents."

The Fred L. Soper Award for Excellence in Public Health Literature is part of the Awards for Excellence in Inter-American Public Health Program, a joint initiative of PAHO and PAHEF.

About Dr. Fred L. Soper
Dr. Fred L. Soper served as the director of PAHO from 1947 to 1959. He was instrumental in the fight against urban yellow fever in Brazil and other countries and became the world authority on this deadly disease. He published more than 100 works in medical and public health journals throughout the world.

About the awards: The PAHO/PAHEF Awards for Excellence in Inter-American Public Health stimulate the growth of the next and rising generation of leaders working together to improve health and health care in the Americas. A jury of distinguished public health professionals reviews nominations and recommends a candidate for each award to the board of directors of the Foundation for final selection. The awards have the unique distinction of recognizing both established and emerging contributors to the field of public health within the Western Hemisphere. Throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, the awards are recognized as a career-defining achievement that brings honor and recognition.

About PAHO: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) was established in 1902 and is the world’s oldest public health organization. It works with all the countries of the Americas to improve the health and quality of life of the people of the Americas and serves as the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO).

About PAHEF: Founded in 1968, the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) is a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) public charity that works with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and other strategic partners in the Americas to mobilize resources and jointly address key health, education, and training priorities. With a deep knowledge of major health concerns and strong relationships with key stakeholders in the region, PAHEF builds successful partnerships and projects that advance health in the Americas.

http://www.pahef.org/awards

Deadline for submissions: May 13, 2011, 5:00 p.m. ET (Washington, DC, time)

Media Contact:
Ashley Gatewood
gatewooa(at)pahef(dot)org
202-974-3727

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