Categories and Nomination Process

The nomination period is now closed. Awardees will be announced during the 2016 CityMatCH Leadership and MCH Epidemiology Conference.

Award Categories and Levels

Nominations are being accepted in the categories listed below, and will be presented at the 2016 CityMatCH MCH Leadership and Epidemiology Conference in September.

Nomination Process

*CLICK HERE to access the Manuscript That Advances the Field of MCH Epidemiology Award nomination form and then complete/submit the nomination.

*CLICK HERE to access the online nomination site for ALL OTHER award categories.

The Nomination process includes completing all forms, providing a C.V. or resume, and two supporting letters of nomination (nominators may not submit a letter of support for applicants).

Each category of award has its own separate form which aligns with the award's criteria. The nomination form is the primary means of evaluating and rating nominees. The C.V. and letters provide supportive justification and explanation for selecting award recipients beyond the nomination form. Brief work samples or other evidence (for example, unpublished or location-specific work) can be provided when beneficial, but no more than 20 pages.

The committee has a strong interest in recognizing the work of women and minorities. Self-nominations are accepted. Nominees must be alive at the time of nomination. A person/organization cannot nominate the same individual for more than one award category, but the Awards Selection Committee reserves the right to select the final award category. The Awards Selection Committee also reserves the right not to give an award in any category if a candidate of sufficient merit is not nominated. Prior award recipients may not receive an award again in the same category, but may be nominated for another award category based on new merit. Members of the Awards Selection Committee cannot be nominated for an award.

  • Manuscript That Advances the Field of Applied MCH Epidemiology Award

This award category is to recognize papers or manuscripts that have been accepted to peer-reviewed journals, based upon work that was presented at a past National Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology (MCH EPI) Conference, which have advanced the field of applied MCH Epidemiology.
There are 3 award categories:

  • National level analyses
  • State/Local level analyses
  • Early Career Professional

The awardee must meet the following criteria:

  • Had an abstract accepted for oral or poster presentation at the MCH EPI Conference in 2011 or 2012. To be considered for the Early Career Professional Award, the abstract must have been accepted while the nominee was a student, postgraduate fellow, student intern, or EIS officer.
  • Developed a peer-reviewed manuscript from that presentation.
  • Had that manuscript accepted for publication by a peer-reviewed journal (MMWR articles are not considered peer-reviewed).

Only one article per first author should be submitted for consideration.

Nominees should complete the nomination form and send a copy of the manuscript to mchepireg@unmc.edu. Nominations have been closed now.

*Submit Manuscript That Advances the Field of MCH Epidemiology Award Nomination Form here.

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  • Greg Alexander Award for Advancing Knowledge—Advancing public health knowledge through epidemiology and applied research

The purpose of this national/international award is to recognize individuals and organizational teams from a variety of disciplines who have made a substantial contribution to advancing the knowledge base aimed at improving the health of women, children and families. Because this is an MCH Epidemiology award, preference is given to those whose focus is applied or those whose focus has contributed to the advancement of applied work in one or more of the following ways: engagement in creating new data systems, development of new methods for measurement or analysis, generation of new information (based on data from a variety of sources whether it be surveillance systems, evaluation data or primary data collection methods), or development of new conceptual frameworks. It is expected that the new knowledge contributed by the awardee has led the MCH field to consider new approaches and or discover new findings related to an MCH problem. Evidence of whether an individual has advanced knowledge is best assessed through publications in the peer-reviewed literature but can also include technical reports, Institute of Medicine type syntheses, books, book chapters and/or creation of surveillance systems and learning tools that are widely disseminated. The criteria for this award include: 1) originality of scientific work, 2) contribution to the field, and 3) impact on the MCH population.

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  • Effective Practice Award—Improving public health practice through effective use of data, epidemiology and applied research

This awards category recognizes individuals, organizational leaders, organizational units and institutions who make significant contributions to public health practice in MCH at the community, state, tribal or national levels through the effective use of data and epidemiology. The award can be given to the organization or individuals primarily responsible for the contribution. For organizations, the actual plaque will go to the individual(s) or leader(s) personally or most closely responsible for the work leading to the contribution. In any one year, these awards are given for the specific level of contribution--community, state, tribal and national. The criteria for this award include: 1) significance of work, 2) contribution to public health practice, and 3) level of impact on the intended population. This award is not necessarily based on publications, but is based on contributions that impact on the MCH population.

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  • Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring Award—Improving MCH public health practice through excellence in teaching; training in the use of data, epidemiologic methods and applied research; and mentoring of students, trainees, fellows, and early career professionals

This award is given to an individual or organization with a strong history of excellence in teaching and training in MCH Epidemiology and/or an outstanding record of mentoring students, trainees, fellows, and early career professionals.  Awardees will have developed and/or implemented training materials, courses, and/or programs within and/or outside academe to increase the capacity of MCH public health to turn data into information and action and/or served as a mentor for multiple students, trainees, fellows, and early career professionals who have emerged as beginning or established leaders in the field of MCH epidemiology, in practice and/or academe. [Note: the committee defines mentoring as a professional relationship in which an experienced person (the mentor) assists another (the mentee) in developing specific skills and knowledge that will enhance the less-experienced person’s professional and personal growth.] The purpose of the  award is to recognize an individual/organization who is viewed as a teacher/training leader/mentor not only by their peers and former students and trainees but also by the larger MCH community. The criteria for this award includes: 1) an identifiable track record in developing/implementing MCH Epidemiology training and/or training products; and/or 2) a track record of excellence in mentoring in MCH Epidemiology; and, 3) contribution to the field of MCH public health practice

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  • Outstanding Leadership Award—Enhancing the political will to advance knowledge and to support public health practice through effective use of data, epidemiology and applied research

Improving the health of women, children and families takes more than quality science and public health practice. Political will is needed at all levels to take the needed steps to improve public health knowledge and practice. This awards category is to recognize leaders and organizational teams who serve at a local, state or national level and who have made significant contributions to the field by creating the political will to improve the health of women, children and families through epidemiology, applied research, and effective data use. The criteria for this award include: 1) demonstrated increase in political will including the provision of resources, 2) contribution to public health practice, and 3) impact on their MCH population.

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  • Zena Stein and Mervyn Susser Award for Lifetime Achievement

The purpose of this award is to recognize an internationally or nationally known expert or team of experts who have contributed broadly and substantially to the advancement of the field of MCH epidemiology throughout their career, and whose work has significant and lasting impact. This award is considered to be a capstone award; hence its recipient(s) should be at or near the end of their career. The proposed lifetime achievement in MCH epidemiology award will be given only when deemed appropriate, and is not expected to be awarded annually. No more than one lifetime achievement award will be given in any calendar year.

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  • Early Career Professional Achievement Award

This awards category is to recognize an early career, outstanding professional leader in the United States and its territories.  The awardee’s MCH epidemiology work demonstrates significant contribution(s) to the MCH epidemiology field in one or more of the above awards categories, and serves as a model to other early career professionals. To be eligible, the awardee must be professionally active in the field of MCH epidemiology; has worked in the MCH epidemiology field for no more than 10 years; has exhibited significant contribution to the field at the time of the MCH EPI Conference; and may be a professional in academia, government, and/or the private sector. Career accomplishment, evidence of a strong, positive trajectory of career development, and promise of leadership strength are core criteria that are used for selection of the awardee. This award equally recognizes all three types of contributions (as described above) and uses the respective awards criteria in the selection process.

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