TSOPHE Student & Faculty Awards

Today's students and faculty in undergraduate and graduate programs are the future of prevention and wellness for the nation. TSOPHE is honoring these students and faculty with a competitive award for excellence in the profession of health education.

TSOPHE Recognition Awards

Helen S. Hill and Dorothy Huskey

Each year since 1988, the Texas Society for Public Health Education (TSOPHE) has honored two members who have been identified by their peers as having advanced health education in Texas. These awards were established in the names of two long-time TSOPHE members, Helen Hill and Dorothy Huskey, who emulated outstanding service and health education practice.

TSOPHE awarded Lifetime Membership to these two outstanding health education advocates in 1998 as a tribute to the legacy they have left us, and to those who have been acknowledged as following in their footsteps.

The Horizon Award

Texas Society for Public Health Education is accepting nominations for the Horizon
Award. This award recognizes early career health educators (less than five years) who
have distinguished themselves as promising health educators through leadership,
creativity, involvement in the profession, and health education practice in any setting
(e.g., school, worksite, university, community, health care).
Deadline for Nominations will be accepted until Friday September 22, 2017.
The award will be presented at the TSOPHE Conference October 6, 2017.

Nomination Requirements:

  • Nomination letter by a TSOPHE member in good standing.
  • A recent resume or curriculum vitae of the nominee.
  • Creativity and/or innovation in health education practice through the development or application of health education to address a public health issue in the community, workplace, school, or health care.
  • Advancement in the health education profession through service or leadership.
  • Individual accomplishments in leadership in current or previous employment.

Nomination Instructions:

  • Nomination materials should be assembled and submitted as a single PDF document. Free online tools to convert a document to pdf: smallpdf.com and pdfmerge.com.
  • Please submit nominations to Donna Stauber, Ph.D. at Donna.Stauber@bswhealth.org
  • Awards are recommended by the TSOPHE Awards Committee and approved by the executive committee.

Distinguished Fellow Award

Texas Society for Public Health Education is accepting nominations for the
Distinguished Fellow Award. The award recognizes individuals who have made
significant and lasting contributions to TSOPHE and the profession of health education
or public health.
Deadline for Nominations will be accepted until Friday September 22, 2017. The
award will be presented at the TSOPHE Conference October 6, 2017.

Nomination Requirements:

  • Nomination letter by a TSOPHE member in good standing
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae of the nominee
  • Significant contributions to health education
  • Professional recognition (honors/awards, special appointments, offices held, research, writing, etc)
  • Results and impact of the nominee’s work
  • Leadership within TSOPHE

Nomination Instructions:

  • Nomination materials should be assembled and submitted as a single PDF document. Free online tools to convert a document to pdf: smallpdf.com and pdfmerge.com.
  • Please submit nominations to Donna Stauber, Ph.D. at Donna.Stauber@bswhealth.org
  • Awards are recommended by the TSOPHE Awards Committee and approved by the executive committee

Helen S. Hill Distinguished Service Award:

Helen Hill always believed that one's involvement in professional organizations is what builds their professional practice skills. She not only served in many organizations related to health education and public health, but encouraged those with whom she worked to do the same.

Helen was a charter member of Texas SOPHE, and held a number of officer positions over the years, including President. Members of the Texas Chapter recognized Helen's unique and ongoing commitment to the society by giving her the one and only "Mother of Health Education in Texas" award in the early 1980's.

She worked long and hard on membership and communication committees, involved at both the state and national level. After retiring from the Texas Department of Health, Helen continued to participate in health education events and activities in the state until her death in the fall of 1998. The Helen Hill Distinguished Service Award is given annually to recognize commitment to, and work done on behalf of, the Texas chapter.

Dorothy Huskey Excellence in Health Education Practice Award:

Dorothy Huskey is known for her commitment to the practice of health education, and her belief that people should be involved in making decisions about their personal health status, as well as the health of the community in which they lived. Her philosophy is one of involvement--not only of those being educated, but also of the educators. The students in Dr. Huskey's classes at Sam Houston State University were usually learning community organization techniques by being in the middle of health program and policy development activities in the community. They helped create and encourage community support to establish a local health department and other health programs in their city.

For many years, Dr. Huskey was an active national SOPHE member who saw the need for professional support at the grassroots level. She acted to meet that need by serving as a founder, charter member and President of the Texas Chapter of SOPHE. The Dorothy Huskey Award for Excellence in Health Education Practice is given annually by Texas SOPHE for outstanding work in health education, and for carrying on Dorothy's commitment to helping people improve health.