The ASPPH Harrison C. Spencer Award for Outstanding Community Service was created to honor Dr. Spencer, who had a long-standing commitment to principles of social justice with a focus on community engagement to address the social determinants of health. This annual award is given to an ASPPH-member, CEPH- accredited school or program of public health demonstrating a major institutional commitment to addressing community needs through education, practice, and/or research.

2022 Award Recipient

University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences

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Criteria for Award


Nominations should include a description of the nominee’s outstanding contributions in:

  • Addressing community needs through education, practice, and/or research;
  • Development and implementation of exceptional programs that engage a community to improve public health; and
  • Ongoing commitment to community service as reflected in programs and initiatives that are responsive to community needs and exhibit a meaningful partnership with the community (or communities).

The types of programs appropriate for consideration may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Demonstration of the institution’s mission, vision, and core values as it relates to community engagement;
  • Community service projects developed and delivered by faculty, students, practitioners, and alumni that are explicitly part of the institution’s mission;
  • Innovative, scholarly, evidence-based programs that engage a community to improve health;
  • Development, integration, and application of new knowledge to improve public health in the population and practice in the community;
  • Scholarship that includes discovery, synthesis, integration, and application to public health practice;
  • Leadership focusing institutional and community resources to prevent injuries and diseases and to respond to public health needs;
  • Programs that use the unique assets and resources of the institution to address continuing educational, economic, and/or community identified needs; and
  • Programs that address social justice issues in a public health-related context.

Eligibility


Nominations must be full-time faculty from an ASPPH-member, CEPH-accredited school or program of public health. View the list of ASPPH-member institutions.

ASPPH-member school and programs are eligible to be nominated if they have not received the award previously.

Schools and programs selected as finalists can reapply in two years.

Award Details


$5,000 Cash Prize (intended to be distributed by the awardee to one or more community partners)

An Award Plaque

Recognition at the Awards Ceremony

Past Winners


2021

CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy

2020

National Taiwan University College of Public Health and University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health

2020

The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health

2019

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

2018

Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health