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Submit Your HEAU/USOPHE 2015 Award Nominations Today!

November 13, 2014 by  
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The Utah Chapter of the Society for Public Health Education (USOPHE; formerly known as HEAU) is accepting nominations for the following awards and scholarships:

  • Rookie of the Year Award
  • Catherine Summerhays Distinguished Service Award
  • Shelley Fuller Health Education Scholarship Fund
  • Innovations in Education Award

These awards were established to recognize excellence in health education across the state.  All award nominations are reviewed by the USOPHE/HEAU Board of Directors and ranked according to predetermined criteria to select the most appropriate nominee.  The awards will be presented during the USOPHE/HEAU Spring conference.

To be considered for recognition, a completed nomination form and description must be received by USOPHE/HEAU no later than Friday, January 16, 2015. Submissions will be reviewed by the USOPHE/HEAU Nominating Committee.


To be eligible for any award, a nominee must:

  • Hold an active HEAU/USOPHE membership
  • Be currently working in the area of health education or enrolled in a health education program.

Members may self-nominate or be nominated by someone else.  Nominees are not required to attend the HEAU Spring conference in order to receive an award.

Criteria and Nomination Requirements

 1.     Rookie of the Year Award

This award is given to a new Health Education Professional in recognition of their contribution to health education. A “new” Health Education Professional is defined as an individual who has been in health education for1-2 years.

Criteria for this award include:

  1. Partnership/Networking/Collaboration
  2. Innovative Program Implementation
  3. A letter of recommendation from both a co-worker and the supervisor regarding the perceived or potential impact of the nominee’s efforts. 

2.     Catherine Summerhays Distinguished Service Award

During the late 1970’s and into the early 1980’s Catherine Summerhays was the director of the Bureau of Health Promotion/Risk Reduction for the Utah Department of Health. Catherine was instrumental in continuing successes of many Bureau programs while sharing a strong interest in employee wellness. Under her direction and vision, the Healthy Utah program was developed and implemented. Utah became one of the first states to implement a Behavioral Risk Factor Survey under her direction as well.

This award is given to a person or program which has been shown to promote the advancement of quality health education. This award may be give to any person or program regardless of their professional affiliation.

Criteria for this award include:

  1. Partnership/Collaboration/Networking
  2. Percentage of target population reached with programs
  3. Innovative program implementation

3. Shelley Fuller Health Education Scholarship Fund

Shelley Fuller, former HEAU board member, died on March 10, 1996 due to complications related to cancer. During her board tenure, Shelley was instrumental in changes that influenced the vision and vitality of HEAU. She single-handedly built the health education division at FHP, a managed care organization. This required her to work tirelessly with clinicians to help them understand the value of prevention in general and the health education profession specifically. Shelley had the tenacity to translate her ideas to fruition. She was passionate about health education and ensured that all health educators at FHP were CHES certified. She believed that to be a good health educator, one must actively participate in improving the profession. Shelley had a zest for life and enjoyed the association of a host of friends. We remember her for her leadership, her spirit, her ready smile, her sense of humor, her vibrant laugh, her compassion in reaching out to others, and her courage and integrity to initiate and finish so many meaningful personal and professional endeavors. In her memory, the Shelley Fuller Health Education Scholarship Fund was created by HEAU in 1996.

A scholarship up to the amount of $500.00 may be awarded annually to a graduate or undergraduate student(s) enrolled on a full-time basis and accepted into a health education program of study at Brigham Young University, the University of Utah, Utah State University, Utah Valley University or Weber State University.

Criteria for this scholarship include:

  1. GPA of 3.0 or above
  2. Leadership capabilities
  3. Community involvement
  4. Active in student organizations
  5. Current HEAU member

4. Innovation in Health Education Award

This award is given to an organization that developed a program that shows true innovation in the health education profession.  Applicants should provide the following information about their project:

  1. Project Description
  2. Project Objectives
  3. Methods
  4. Intervention Strategy
  5. Outcome
  6. Contribution to Health Promotion in Utah

*Special consideration will be given for creativity, collaboration, replication/dissemination and overall contribution to the state of Utah.

Please email our Past President, Matt Flint at for a nomination form.  Send completed nomination forms to that email address as well.

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