2013 Winners - Unsung Heroes of Public Health Awards


Winners of our fourth-annual Unsung Heroes of Public Health Awards spent a day on Capitol Hill on January 8, 2014. After meetings with congressional leaders, awardees took to the podium to reflect on their public health careers and the work that earned each an award. Photos and a Highlights Video are both available, and individual speeches are also posted in their entirety on our YouTube channel. Congressman McDermott's speech was terrific and is worth a listen.

We were pleased to work with the co-chairs of the Congressional Study Group on Public Health in honoring this year's winners, as well as with Congressman Roe.

This year's list of winners are once again an impressive cross section of those working to keep Americans safe and healthy.

  • Jim Krieger, MD, MPH, the chief of the Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Section at Public Health - Seattle & King County in Washington State, has won the CPH Foundation's 2013 Rock in the Pond Award.  
  • Julie Wallace, MPH, MN, the President's Malaria Initiative (PMI) Team Lead and the Malaria Division Chief within the US Agency for International Development (USAID) is honored with this year’s Wavemaker Award.
  • Anne Saker, a contributing writer for WCPO Digital in Cincinnati, is this year’s Excellence in Media Award winner for her three part series, Out from the Shadows: Cincinnati's Syphilis Epidemic.
  • Josephine Disparti is recognized with an Honorable Mention for her efforts to combat health inequality as a member, in 1964, of the Medical Committee for Human Rights. MCHR provided health services to African Americans in the south during segregation’s turbulent time in our history.

More detailed information is available in the press release.

We are exceptionally grateful to AbbVie, our 2013 Unsung Heroes Awards sponsor. Their support is making our recognition of these heroes possible.


Our Three Awards:

The CPH Foundation's Rock in the Pond Award recognizes an individual for outstanding work on a community-based or state-wide public health effort that produced significant positive health outcomes.

Our Wavemaker Award recognizes a visionary whose work on a large-scale multi-state, regional, national or international public health program has successfully impacted a major public health challenge.

And our Excellence in Media Award recognizes an individual who produced a widely-viewed media story (or stories) focused on disease control and prevention. The awardees’ work will cover a significant public health topic and convey the issue to a broad audience in an easily understood manner. Eligible types of media include, but are not limited to: newspaper stories, television news reports, radio reports, widely followed blog postings, and documentaries. Past winners of this award include writers from the LA Times and USA Today. 

Photos and videos from last year's awards ceremony

Meet Past Winners & Learn More

See the full bios of our past winners.

Visit our 2012 Unsung Heroes Awards web page. Our 2012 event was supported by grants from GlaxoSmithKline and Kaiser Permanente. See photos and videos of the event, and listen to the acceptance speeches from our 2012 winners on our YouTube page

Visit our 2011Unsung Heroes Awards web page. Our 2011 event was supported by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Visit our 2010 awards page and learn about our 2010 winners here. Our 2010 event was sponsored in part by AMGEN.

Photos from both the 2010 and 2011 awards events can be found here.

A four minute video with highlights from the inaugural awards ceremony is posted here.