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Award Descriptions

1. Director’s Award

The Director’s Award will be presented to individuals, organizations or associations for noteworthy national level contributions made to the health of infants, mothers, children and adolescents.  Nominations for this award can be made by anyone in or out of the MCH program sphere.

Award Criteria:

  • Describe in detail one national level contribution made by the nominee to improve the health of infants, mothers, children, or adolescents including CSHCN and families. Contributions can include:
    • An innovation that resulted in a significant economic or other highly desirable benefit for the MCH community.
    • A creative effort that resulted in an important contribution to the MCH field. Such creative efforts could include innovations in MCH education, mentoring and training (i.e. curricula, textbooks, mentoring networks, distance learning programs, etc.) as well as other endeavors.
    • Advancements in the knowledge base of maternal and child health through research, particularly research which led to improvements in policy and practice.
    • Acts of courage or heroism resulting in the preservation of lives or health (i.e. hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, terrorism, outbreaks, etc.).
    • Accomplishment of mission objectives of MCH in a superior way.
    • Describe in general other major contributions made by the nominee toward MCH on a national level throughout the individual’s career or the organizations existence.

2. Vince Hutchins Partnership Award

In honor of Dr. Vince L. Hutchins, this award will be presented to an outstanding individual that exemplifies skills in partnership and collaboration in MCH programs.  Nominations for this award can be made by anyone in or out of the MCH program sphere.  The recipient will receive an individual award and will be recognized on a plaque to be displayed at the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, located in Rockville, MD.

Award Criteria:

    • An outstanding individual that exemplifies skills in partnership and collaboration in MCH programs (local, state or national), i.e.:
      • Through partnership and collaboration, this individual provided distinguished service for outstanding achievements that had a major impact on improving the MCH populations or for services that significantly advanced MCH’s mission and goals at a local, state or national level.
      • Developed partnerships that included a diversity of collaborative partners (traditional and/or non-traditional) which led to advancement in one or more MCH population at a local, state or national level.
    • A trailblazer who also has a lifetime of contributions towards MCH (MCH Pioneer).

3. Title V Lifetime Achievement

Nominee(s) will be recognized for the outstanding contributions to the mission of the Title V Social Security Act to protect, promote health, advocate and serve the MCH population.  Such achievements may range from the management of a major health program to initiatives resulting in a major impact on the health of the nation.  Nominee(s) for this award may be an individual, organization or association.

4. Young Leadership in Maternal and Child Health

A celebration of the past 75 years would not be complete without a continued commitment to the future.  The purpose of this award is to recognize young leaders who have already made significant contributions to the field of maternal and child health while demonstrating a passion for public service.  

Award Criteria:

    • Nominee(s) will be evaluated based on their contributions to the MCH field at the local, State, or National level.
    • Contributions can include a specific, particularly creative endeavor or an outstanding achievement in the areas of administration, advocacy, family leadership, clinical care, community service, education, or research.  
    • A nominee’s potential for a continuing impact on the MCH field is critically important.

5. Champions in the Field of Maternal and Child Health within States and Territories

The purpose of this award is to acknowledge outstanding contributions made by one individual within each of the Title V States and Territories. Only one award will be given per state or jurisdiction. State Title V MCH/CSHCN Directors are invited to nominate the recipient for their state.  Awards will be in the form of Certificates of Recognition for activities that fall in one of five categories. 

  • Excellence in Innovative Collaborations/Partnerships
    • Nominee(s) will be recognized for the outstanding contributions to the field of MCH through cultivating, building and/or strengthening partnerships. In addition, nominee(s) will be recognized for cultivating non-traditional Title V partnerships.
  • Expansion of MCH Practice (i.e. technology, male involvement, women’s health beyond reproductive years)
    • Nominee(s) will be recognized for the outstanding contributions to the field of MCH advancing the health of MCH population via technology or expansion of efforts that take into consideration other populations that impact MCH health outcomes
  • Promotion of Data Systems and Linkages
    • Nominee(s) will be recognized for the outstanding contributions to the field of MCH through data systems and linkages.
  • Promising Practices in Addressing Health Disparities in the MCH Population.  
    • Nominee(s) will be recognized for the outstanding contributions to the field of MCH through strategies that address social determinants, health disparities and health equity from the life-course perspective.
  • Excellence in Improving CSHCN Services
    • Nominee(s) will be recognized for the continuous outstanding leadership in improving the system of care for CSHCN and their families.  Nominee(s) has demonstrated excellence in representing families with CSHCNs, programs and philosophies on family centered care with the ability to integrate new ideas into existing programs.  Nominee(s) has exemplified excellence in collaborative ability that result in an enhancement of family centered practices with a wide dissemination of the outcomes and the ability to identify and facilitate collaborations with community stakeholders.  

Award Criteria:  

  • Eligible awardees include all public servants (state, local, legislative), advocates, family representatives, affiliates of academic institutions, and all others who made/make significant contributions to the MCH community.
  • Directors may not nominate themselves.
  • Only one nomination per State or Territory will be accepted. It is requested that State MCH and CSHCN Directors coordinate the selection of one nominee.
Date Last Reviewed:  May 2017