About the Iowa Public Health Heroes Award

Public health accomplishes its mission of “assuring conditions in which people can be healthy” through the organized and collaborative efforts of individuals working in a wide variety of settings and situations. Too frequently these contributions are overlooked or taken for granted because, as has often been observed, “when public health works, it’s invisible.” To recognize the efforts of Iowa’s public health practitioners, the University of Iowa College of Public Health has established the Iowa Public Health Heroes Award. Each year, the College recognizes up to four individuals who have worked to promote a healthier state through wellness and disease prevention initiatives and demonstrated the values of the College of Public Health, including community engagement, integrity, continuing learning, quality, responsibility and social justice.

We invite nominations of individuals from across all fields of public health and a range of career paths including service in local leadership, advocacy, business, as a newcomer to public health practice, or for career achievement. Nominations of individuals from traditional and non-traditional public health organizations are encouraged.

The following criteria have been established for this recognition:

  • Demonstrated commitment to the values of public health (e.g., community-based approaches to health and prevention, equity for all people, collaborative spirit, ethical decision-making, etc.)
  • Significant contributions to improving and protecting the health of Iowans.
  • Contribute to a broader understanding of public health
  • Primary place of employment must be in Iowa, but outside the College of Public Health and the University of Iowa.

Each nomination should be accompanied by one nomination letter limited to no more than 3 pages. Multiple signatories may be incorporated into the letter. Evidence should include specific information regarding the accomplishments of the individual relative to the criteria listed above. Nominate your public health hero online.


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