Awards and Scholarships
Each year, the Association of North Carolina Boards of Health recognizes individuals and groups for their contributions to, and accomplishments in, public health.
Nominations for 2022 are due by August 31, 2022.
List of Awards
Outstanding Board of Health
The Nominee for this award must be an Institutional member of ANCBH.
The board’s leadership in public health accomplishments must be clearly evident.
The accomplishment must either have documented results or be currently producing intended results.
The activity may be accomplished through the health department, other agencies, or groups.
Robert "Ed" Strother Partnership Award
The Robert Ed Strother Partnership Award is in memory of Robert Strother of New Hanover County who was one of the first board members of the Association of North Carolina Boards of Health. This Award is given to an individual or institution that has established and/or fostered a public -private partnership, which has improved public health for the community.
Carl Durham Award
The nominee for this award must be an institutional, individual, associate or emeritus member of ANCBH. The nominee must have made significant contributions to public health and is an effective advocate for public health at the local, regional, and/or state levels.
The Association of North Carolina Boards of Health (ANCBH) awarded the Carl Durham Award to Eva Brown, Warren County Board of Health. The Carl Durham Award is one of the most prestigious awards given by ANCBH. It recognizes individuals who have made an extraordinary contribution to public health at the local, regional, state and national levels.
ANCBH Bob Blackburn and Vaughn Upshaw Awards
Presented to outstanding graduate students in the Public Health Leadership Program. Selection based on applicant's demonstrated commitment to local public health agencies, leadership skills, academic excellence, and contributions to North Carolina.
Robert L. Strother Award
2020: Warren County Health Department (Dr. Margaret Brake) and H.O.P.E Regional Medical Clinic (Demaura Russell)
2020: Yadkin County Health Department (Jessica Wall) and Hands of Hope Medical Clinic (Marty Driver)
Carl Durham Award
2020: Eva Brown
Vaughn Upshaw Award
2020: Tanvi Shaw
2021: Aoife O'Connor
2022: Karina Gonzalez
Robert Blackburn Award
2020: Jessica Lynn Mrugala
2021: Megan DeMarco
2022: Samuel Elliott Krause
$500 Scholarship Application
Up to 4 of these scholarships are awarded annually to assist local board of health members to attend the annual NALBOH conference. Please send name, address, Local Board of Health, Rationale for Scholarship and Recommendation/Signature of Local Health Director to:
Merle Green, ANCBH Executive Director
Ben Tillett, President, presenting 2020 Robert Ed Strother Partnership Award to Warren County Health Department (Dr. Margaret Brake, right) and H.O.P.E. Regional Medical Clinic (Demaura Russell, left). These organizations have partnered in response to the Coronavirus pandemic since June 2020 to provide COVID-19 testing to the most vulnerable and marginalized populations in Warren County.
Dr. Calvert Jeffers (right) presenting the 2020 Robert Ed Strother Partnership Award to Jessica Wall (left), Yadkin County Health Department Assistant Human Services Director, and Marty Driver (center), Hands of Hope Executive Director. Both have worked to find and provide a shared space both both groups and now work together to provide medical care for Yadkin County.
Eva Brown (Warren County Board of Health) receiving the 2020 Carl Durham Award from ANCBH President Ben Tillett for making significant contributions to public health as well as being an effective advocate for public health at the local, regional and/or state level.
Tanvi Shah, Gillings School of Public Health Public Leadership Program, is the recipient of the 2020 Vaughn Upshaw Award.
Jessica Mrugala, Gillings School of Public Health Public Leadership Program, is the recipient of the 2020 Robert Blackburn Award.