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 2016 Award Winners


Each year, the Safe States Alliance recognizes and honors members for their contributions to Safe States and their commitment to the field of injury and violence prevention. In 2016, during the Annual Meeting of the Safe States Alliance, we honored the following members and partners for the association’s prestigious awards.

 

 



Community-Based Prevention Program Achievement Award

 

This award recognizes a local health department or community-based injury and violence prevention program that has implemented an innovative approach to maintain or grow their program's infrastructure. Nominees must meet at least a few of the core components such as a program infrastructure, evidence of coalition building, surveillance, strategic plan and stable funding.

2016 Winner: Cheryl Wittke, Executive Director, Safe Communities Madison-Dane County

(Award accepted by Nan Peterson)

State Prevention Program Achievement Award

 

This award recognizes a state health department injury and violence prevention program that has implemented an innovative approach to maintain or grow their program's infrastructure.  Nominees must meet at least a few of the core components such as a program infrastructure, evidence of coalition building, surveillance, strategic plan and stable funding. 

2016 Winner: Violence and Injury Prevention—Mental Health Promotion Branch, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment


 

Ellen R. Schmidt Award

In honor of the vision and outstanding contributions of Safe States Alliance’s first President, this award recognizes a member who has made a significant contribution to the field of injury and violence prevention in one of two ways: (1) by developing and/or implementing an outstanding statewide injury and violence prevention program, or (2) by providing outstanding service to the Safe States Alliance.


2016 Winner: Carol Thornton, Past-President, Safe States Alliance


 

Partner of the Year Award

This award acknowledges the contributions of an organization or sponsor for furthering the mission of Safe States Alliance. Such contributions would include, but not be limited to, providing financial support for Safe States Alliance activities or by providing states with injury prevention funding or equipment (e.g., bicycle helmets, child safety seats, etc.), or through significant partnership and collaboration throughout the past year.

 

2016 Winner: Teri Covington, Director, National Center for Fatality Reviews

 

President's Award

This award is presented to a member who has been instrumental in assisting the Safe States Alliance President in achieving the organizational priorities of Safe States Alliance.


2016 Winner: The University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center


 

Innovative Initiative of the Year Award

The only award selected exclusively by the Safe States Alliance membership, the Innovative Initiative of the Year Award is presented to a Safe States Alliance member who has implemented a truly unique and creative program or activity that has the potential to substantially decrease injuries and violence in the communities that they serve.


2016 Winner: The North Carolina Overdose Prevention Project


Rising Star Award

It is of vital importance to recognize new professionals making strides in the discipline of injury and violence prevention. The Rising Star Award recognizes individuals who have been working in the field for less than five years.


2016 Winners: 

  

Ashley Newmyer, Epidemiology Surveillance Coordinator, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

&

Jeffrey Hill, Project Coordinator, Rhode Island Department of Health

 

 


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