List of past award recipients: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016


Exemplary Frontier Public Health Nurse

NEW! The Exemplary Frontier Public Health Nurse recognizes a Public Health Nurse who has demonstrated exemplary service in a local public health agency located in a Colorado rural/frontier community. This map from the Colorado Rural Health Center will be used as a guide to consider those communities that meet this criterion.

The Exemplary Frontier Public Health Nurse award is presented each year at the awards banquet during the fall conference. Nominations are accepted all year round! Submit a nomination online today.


General Recognition

You can also nominate an individual for general recognition, any time of the year! Submit a nomination for general recognition today.


Lillian Wald Award

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Lillian D. Wald (1867–1940) was a nurse, social worker, public health official, teacher, author, editor, publisher, women’s rights activist, and the founder of American community nursing. Her unselfish devotion to humanity is recognized around the world and her visionary programs have been widely copied everywhere.

The Lillian Wald Award is given to a public health nurse who demonstrates leadership skills among peers and community; has practiced a minimum of 5 years; and is creative, resourceful and innovative in addressing public health concerns in the community. This person is caring in relationships with colleagues and clients, and initiates, implements and evaluates public health interventions that focus on health promotion and disease prevention, and shares public health knowledge with colleagues and the community.

The Lillian Wald Award is presented each year at the awards banquet during the fall conference. Nominations are accepted all year round. Submit a nomination online today!


New Public Health Nurse of the Year Award

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This award is given to a public health nurse with less than 5 years of practice in a public health capacity who demonstrates the ability to establish community partnerships that result in improved utilization of public health programs and/or services.

The New Public Health Nurse of the Year Award is presented each year at the awards banquet during the fall conference. Nominations are accepted all year round! Submit a nomination online today.


 Nightingale Luminary Awards

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The Nightingale Luminary Awards recognize nurses throughout Colorado who exemplify the spirit of the profession through advocacy, innovation, or leadership. There are two categories of Nightingales:

  • Luminaries are regional award recipients that will be announced by AHECs and Regional Nightingale Committees at various events around the state in February and March.
  • Recipients will be selected by the State Selection Committee from among the Luminaries. The state award event will honor all statewide Luminaries and announce six Nightingale recipients. The state event will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the Grand Hyatt Denver Downtown.

Submit a nomination today.


PHNAC Award for Excellence

This award is to be presented to a public health nurse who has made outstanding contributions in the field of public health and public health nursing over a period of several years and has demonstrated exemplary leadership and service to take public health nursing into the future. The nominee must be a leader, a member of PHNAC, and may hold a leadership role in his/her agency. Submit a nomination today.


The Most Innovative Project Award

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This award is given in recognition of an innovative, outstanding and adaptable project developed or implemented by a local health agency in addressing a public health issue in the community.

The Most Innovative Project Award is presented each year at the awards banquet during the fall conference. Nominations are accepted all year long! Submit an award nomination today.