The National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems (NAPHSIS) honors, celebrates and recognizes the excellence, dedication, and service of our professionals whose steadfast efforts advance and improve vital records, vital statistics, and public health information. The NAPHSIS Awards recognize exceptional individuals and teams that have made a difference in the field of vital records/health statistics and to NAPHSIS membership.
Anyone may submit a nomination. During the nomination period (usually annually) an individual may complete the online form and provide supporting documentation. Nominees for all awards, except Partner of the Year and the Halbert H. Dunn Achievement award must be professionals of an organization or jurisdiction that is a member of NAPHSIS.
When submitting a nomination, review the criteria and select the most appropriate award. Provide sufficient detail. If appropriate, you may provide examples of work and activities that support the nomination. The NAPHSIS Awards Committee will review the information you submit to evaluate and rate nominations. The committee may follow up to gather additional information.
NAPHSIS will communicate awards to membership and recognize recipients at a meeting, event, or through virtual means.
Self-nominations are accepted. The Awards Selection Committee reserves the right to select the final award category and not to give an award in any category if a candidate of sufficient merit is not nominated.
Award Categories and Descriptions
Early Career Professional Award (Rising Star)
The Early Career Professional Award recognizes individuals who show great potential for positively impacting the world of vital records/health statistics in the areas of administration, data management and statistics and/or technology. The awardee’s work demonstrates significant contributions to the field and serves as an inspiration to other vital records professionals. To be eligible, the nominee must have worked in the field of vital records/health statistics for fewer than five years. Career accomplishment, evidence of a strong, positive trajectory of career development, and promise of leadership strength are important considerations for the selection of the awardee.
Nominees must have been in vital records/health statistics for fewer than 5 years and demonstrate:
Active participation in local, state, regional and/or national vital records/health statistics activities
Outstanding and/or innovative solution(s) to improve vital record/health statistics functions in one of the following categories: administration, registration, issuance, data collection, data transmission and reporting, data quality, health statistics, security, technology or workforce development.
Past Recipients of the Early Career Professional Award (Rising Star)
Jonathan Downs | Washington
Terra Abrams | District of Columbia
Outstanding Leadership Award (Shining Star)
The Outstanding Leadership Award recognizes individuals that demonstrate leadership in the vital records and health statistics arena. A firm commitment and unyielding drive is needed to take the required steps to protect the records we are responsible for and to improve how we administer the programs and disseminate the data collected. This awards category is to recognize leaders who have made significant contributions to the field who are out front making impactful decisions for the betterment of the profession, the data and their jurisdiction.
Nominees must demonstrate:
Active participation in local, state, regional, tribal, and/or national vital records/health statistics activities
Unyielding drive and success in improving vital records/health statistics functions, which can include the provision of resources
Improvements made in one of the following categories: administration, registration, issuance, data collection, data transmission and reporting, data quality, health statistics, security, technology or workforce development.
Past Recipients of the Outstanding Leadership Award (Shining Star)
Vanessa Lefler | Tennessee
Greg Crawford | Kansas
Mary Huynh | New York City
Excellence Award: Individual and/or Team (Comet/Constellation)
The Excellence in Vital Statistics Award recognizes significant contributions of an individual or a team in vital records/health statistics. This may include, but is not limited to, innovations and improvements in the areas of customer service, registration, training, data management and statistics, data quality, field services, or technology. This award is intended for talented staff who work on the front-line and behind the scenes day-to-day to make things happen.
Nominee(s) must demonstrate:
An innovative or quality improvement solution to a problem
Results that support NAPHSIS goals and advance its mission.
Past Recipients of the Individual Excellence Award (Comet Award)
Ren Marshall | Idaho
Devon Priddle | Ohio
Past Recipients of the Team Excellence Award (Constellation Award)
Field Services Team | Virginia
“Teamwork Makes the Dreamwork” COVID19 Death Certification Collaboration | Minnesota
2018-2019 NAPHSIS Registration Committee
Multi-Jurisdictional Delayed Birth Registration Project – Joint Award to the Vital Records Offices of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah
Partner of the Year
This award recognizes an exceptional non-jurisdictional individual or team that works in collaboration with NAPHSIS members, the NAPHSIS Board of Directors, and NAPHSIS staff to accomplish NAPHSIS goals and advance its mission. The award may recognize efforts and contributions over a long period as well as those that have produced quick results and positive outcomes. The recipient could be a member of the NAPHSIS vendor community, a sponsor, a member of a partner organization (NCHS, AAMVA, etc.), or another agency.
The nominee must have established, maintained, or strengthened an exceptional partnership relationship with NAPHSIS in the last year. Together with NAPHSIS members, Board of Directors, or staff, the partner must have helped achieve goals important to NAPHSIS while advancing the NAPHSIS mission. Data and measures must be available to show how the partnership produced results.
The individual nominee or team must demonstrate:
An exceptional partnership with NAPHSIS in the last year
Achievement (or progress toward achievement) of NAPHSIS goals
Contributions that advanced the NAPHSIS mission
Past Recipients of the NAPHSIS Partner of the Year
Elena (Bakker) Pierre-Louis | QuantumMark
Prachi Mehta and Kelly Brown | CDC/NCHS/NVSS
Halbert L. Dunn Award
The Halbert L. Dunn Award recognizes only those accomplished professionals who have demonstrated consistent commitment and outstanding contributions to the field of vital records and health statistics. Individuals eligible for the award must have demonstrated leadership and meet specific criteria.
Halbert L. Dunn, M.D. (1896-1975) was the leading figure in establishing a national vital statistics system in the United States. He attended the University of Minnesota where he earned his M.D. in 1922 and his Ph.D. in 1923. He served as an assistant in medicine at the Presbyterian Hospital of New York City from 1923-1924, and as a fellow in medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, from 1924-1925.
He was chief of the National Office of Vital Statistics from 1935-1960, first located within the U.S. Census Bureau and later within the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, finally becoming the National Center for Health Statistics in 1960.
Dunn was one of the founders of the National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems (NAPHSIS) and of the Inter-American Statistics Institute (IASI). He was secretary-general of the IASI from 1941 to 1952. NAPHSIS established the Halbert L. Dunn Award in his honor in 1981 to recognize outstanding and lasting contributions to the field of vital and health statistics.
Nominations may be submitted for outstanding vital records and health statistics professionals who have contributed to administration, education, technical service, and to all functions and specialties of vital and health statistics.
The nominee must demonstrate:
Significant contributions to the field of vital records/health statistics (e.g. presentations, testimonies, published or written articles/reports, participation on committees/projects/programs);
Exemplary leadership at the local, state, territorial, national, or tribal level in vital records registration or health statistics initiatives or activities;
Commitment to developing others through; consultation, assistance, and support to other vital records/health statistics professionals or programs to further their abilities and capabilities in the conduct of their programs;
Active participation in NAPHSIS workgroups, committees, and projects as well as participation in other related professional organizations and activities.
Contributions to the formulation of laws, policy, process or procedures related to the operation/administration of vital records/health statistics programs.
Past Recipients of the Halbert L. Dunn Award
Jeff Duncan | Michigan
Delton Atkinson | North Carolina & NCHS & NAPHSIS
Glenn Copeland | Michigan
Jennifer Woodward | Oregon
Rose Trasatti Heim | NAPHSIS
Isabelle Horon | Maryland
Bruce Cohen | NCHS & Massachusetts
Stephanie Ventura | NCHS
Charles Rothwell | North Carolina & NCHS
Steven Schwartz | New York City
Marshall Evans | NCHS
Alvin Onaka | Hawaii
Harry Rosenberg | NCHS
Dan Friedman | Massachusetts
Joe Carney | West Virginia, Oregon & Colorado
Mary Anne Freedman | Vermont & NCHS
Lorne Phillips | Kansas
Dorothy Harshbarger | Alabama
George Gay | NCHS
Iwao Moriyama | IIVRS
Ray Nashold | Wisconsin
Jack Smith | CDC
George Van Amburg | Michigan
Garland Land | Missouri
Patricia Potrzebowski | Pennsylvania
John Patterson | NCHS
Margaret Watts | North Dakota
John Brockert | Utah
Margaret Shackelford | Oklahoma
W. D. “Don” Carroll | Texas
Irvin Franzen | Kansas
Carl Erhardt | New York City
Vito Logrillo | New York State
Loren Chancellor | Iowa & NCHS
Deane Huxtable | Virginia