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Faculty & Staff Honors

Faculty & Staff Honors

East Tennessee Assistant Dean Receives Award from the Tennessee Public Health Association

Dr. Paula Masters, Assistant Dean for Student Services in the ETSU College of Public Health, was awarded the Doris Spain Award for Distinguished Service at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Tennessee Public Health Association.


[Photo: Dr. Paula Masters (center)]

Formerly known as the Distinguished Service Award, the award was renamed this year in honor of Ms. Doris Spain who will be retiring after serving many years as executive director of the association. Ms. Spain stated, “It is such an honor for me to have Paula Masters named as the first recipient of the Tennessee Public Health Association Doris Spain Award for Distinguished Service.”

The Doris Spain Award for Distinguished Service is presented to a Tennessee Public Health Association member who has made outstanding contributions to the Association over a period of several years.  Paula Masters served as president of the association in 2014.  She has served on the board of directors and has chaired various committees during her membership.  The Public Health Training Center, of which she serves as director, has provided numerous educational opportunities for countless members of the public health workforce.

Ms Spain added, “As I have worked with Paula over several years, my respect for her has continued to grow – her love for public health, her energy, her knowledge, her commitment to working with students as they prepare for public health careers and her willingness to step up and lead when faced with a challenge makes her a unique individual. With Paula and others like her moving into leadership roles, the future is bright for TPHA and public health in Tennessee and I am indeed honored to have had the opportunity to work with her.”

Beginning as a conference of health care workers in 1926, the Tennessee Public Health Association was chartered in 1939, creating an organization in which different disciplines work together to obtain higher standards of preventive health practice through recommendations involving administrative policy and legislative action. As an affiliate member of the American Public Health Association and the National Association of County and City Health Officials, it is the official professional organization for those engaged or interested in public health services and is endorsed by the administration of the Tennessee Department of Health.