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 are due by September 30, 2020 and will be presented at a virtual online meeting.
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.
The Outstanding Board of Health Award Presented was presented to the Henderson County Board of Health December 13, 2018 at the North Carolina Public Health Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. They were recognized for their dedication to community service and their visionary approach to population health by expanding the number of school nurses employed by the Health Department and for a visionary approach to substance abuse and mental health.
Robert "Ed" Strother Partnership Award
The Nominee for this award 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 Robert R. Blackburn, EdD of Boiling Springs, North Carolina on December 13, 2018 at the North Carolina Public Health Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. 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.
Dr. Blackburn has held several offices in ANCBH and in the National Association of Local Boards of Health. He was instrumental in the formation of North Carolina’s Local Health Department Accreditation process and served as an Accreditation Trainer working with local health departments to improve their quality of care. Dr. Blackburn has been and continues to be an effective advocate for public health at the local, regional, state and national levels and co-authored a successful book used by boards and individuals wanting to learn more about health advocacy. Dr. Blackburn is professor emeritus of health education at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina.
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.
Current Recipients (2018-2019)
Outstanding Board of Health Award (2018)
Henderson County Board of Health
Robert L. Strother Award (2018)
Carl Durham Award (2018)
Robert R. Blackburn
Vaughn Upshaw Award (2019)
Ana Carolina Da Silva Macarenco
Bob Blackburn Award (2019)
Hanna Suzanne Webster
$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.
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Dr. Calvert Jeffers
Dr. Calvert Jeffers, President, presenting 2018 Outstanding Board of Health Award.
Hanna S. Webster (third from left), recipient of the 2019 ANCBH Bob Blackburn Award, with (from left) Drs. Calvert Jeffers, Susan A. Elmore and Barbara Ann Hughes at the UNC PHLP Awards Ceremony April 16th, 2019.
Ana Carolina Da Silva Macarenco (center) receiving the 2019 ANCBH Vaughn Upshaw Award. Also pictured, from left, are Drs. Calvert Jeffers, Susan A. Elmore Vaughn Upshaw and Barbara Ann Hughes at the UNC PHLP Awards Ceremony April 26th, 2019.
Dr. Robert Blackburn receiving the 2018 Carl Durham Award from Chris Dobbins and Dr. Calvert Jeffers for making significant contributions to public health at the county and state level.