The APHA Ayman El-Monhandes Young Professional Public Health Innovation Award recognizes a public health professional, age 40 or younger, who is using an innovative solution to address a complex public health issue.
Established in 2019, the award was endowed by Ayman El-Mohandes, MPH, MD, MSc, MBBCh, a former APHA Executive Board member, who envisioned an annual prize to recognize a young public health professional who is making a significant, innovative contribution to the public health field.
El-Monhandes, an internationally recognized leader in the field of public health, is a pediatrician, epidemiologist, and an academician with a deep commitment to bringing recognition to exceptional young public health professionals.
Criteria: For the purpose of this award, public health innovation is defined as:
- new or improved health policies;
- systems, products and technologies; and/or
- services and delivery methods
that improve the public's health and well-being. Public health innovation responds to unmet public health needs by creating new ways of thinking and working, with a focus on the needs of vulnerable populations. It aims to add value in the form of improved efficiency, effectiveness, quality, sustainability, safety and/or affordability. Health innovation can be preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative and/or assistive care.
Applicants must be APHA members (living domestically or abroad) working in a government agency, academic institution, nonprofit organization, privately held company or publicly traded organization. The award consists of a $1,500 honorarium and an engraved plaque or crystal trophy.