AAPS Accepting Louis W. Sullivan, MD, Award Nominations

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The award is named in honor of Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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It was an honor for AAPS to recognize a significant contribution to the public health in his name for the first time last year.

The American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.® (AAPS) is accepting nominations for the second annual Louis W. Sullivan, MD, Health Policy Leadership Award (deadline for nominations is April 30).

Candidates for the Sullivan Award will have made, or are currently making a truly outstanding contribution through an initiative to improve the health status of individuals, targeted groups, communities or the nation. The individual may have a primary role either inside or outside the public health arena.

The award is named in honor of Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (1989-93) and founder of the prestigious Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Sullivan currently serves on the AAPS Board of Directors as a public member, and is Chairman of the Board of the National Health Museum in Atlanta.

Nominees must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  •     The candidate must have served as a champion in promoting major health policy changes
  •     The candidate must have used innovative methods of promoting public health policies to targeted stakeholders
  •     The candidate must have been a policy maker who affected major health policy legislation
  •     The candidate must have advocated for health policy improvements
  •     The candidate must have been recognized for a distinguishing achievement elated to health policy

“Dr. Sullivan is passionate about improving the health of Americans by enhancing health literacy and advancing healthy behaviors,“ said AAPS President A. Robert Cerrato, DO, JD. “It was an honor for AAPS to recognize a significant contribution to the public health in his name for the first time last year.”

The initial award was presented to Omofolasade B. Kosoko-Lasaki, MD, FAASS, an internationally renowned physician in the field of public health. Dr. Kosoko-Lasaki founded the Creighton University Glaucoma Outreach Initiative in Nebraska and co-founded the Creighton University’s Center for Promoting Health and Health Equality.

To nominate an individual for the award, please visit http://www.aapsus.org/annual-meeting/sullivanaward. The award will be presented June 25, 2013 at the AAPS House of Delegates & Annual Scientific Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.® is the governing body of the American Board of Physician Specialties® which board certifies qualified allopathic and osteopathic physicians in 17 specialties. AAPS, founded in 1950 and incorporated in 1952, was the first physician certification organization to certify both MDs and DOs.

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