Nomination Deadline Approaching for PAHO/PAHEF 2011 Abraham Horwitz Award for Excellence in Leadership in Inter-American Public Health

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Nominations are now being accepted for individuals whose professional achievements in any field of inter-American public health has stimulated excellence, has been innovative, and has impacted the health of populations across borders in the Americas, especially in Latin America and/or the Caribbean.

Nominations may be submitted at www.pahef.org/horwitz

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) invite you to nominate a person who has had an outstanding lifetime career in medicine or public health for the 2011 Abraham Horwitz Award for Excellence in Leadership in Inter-American Public Health.

The award is presented to an individual whose professional achievements in any field of inter-American public health has stimulated excellence, has been innovative, and has impacted the health of populations across borders in the Americas, especially in Latin America and/or the Caribbean. At the time of nomination, candidates must be contributing actively to the field, even if he or she is in formal retirement.

Nominations may be submitted at http://www.pahef.org/horwitz. Full guidelines are available at this URL.

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. The awardee will be able to address ministers of health of the hemisphere, their delegations, and invited guests of PAHO at the Directing Council with a speech on a topic relevant to public health.

In 2010, the award was presented to Dr. Carlos Monteiro, of Brazil, in recognition of his 30-year plus career in research and teaching in the areas of child health, nutrition, and epidemiology.

The Abraham Horwitz Award for Excellence in Leadership in Inter-American Public Health is part of the Awards for Excellence in Inter-American Public Health Program, a joint initiative of PAHO and PAHEF.

About Dr. Abraham Horwitz
Dr. Abraham Horwitz, a national of Chile, served as director of PAHO from 1958 to 1975 and as president of PAHEF from 1975 to 2000. His professional career spanned six decades. Among his many achievements, he laid the groundwork for the eradication of smallpox in the Americas and is known for organizing Chile’s National Health Service.

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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