The American Medical Association solicits annual nominations for the American Medical Association Awards for Outstanding Government Service—considered one of the most prestigious awards honoring elected officials and career government employees. These awards aim to recognize significant accomplishments to advance public health.
The AMA is accepting nominations for the 2024 awards. Read this resource (PDF) for more details on submission information or fill out this form (PDF) to submit a nomination. Please save completed form and email to the Awards Secretariat at [email protected].
Nominees who meet the following criteria are considered for the award:
- Contributed greatly to the public health through elected and career government service
- Is an outstanding leader in his/her field
- Has high personal integrity
- Promoted the art and science of medicine in or through government service
- Developed a special project that contributed to the public health of a given community or special population
The AMA presents these awards in seven categories of public service, including local, state and federal government. Each year, the caliber of nominees is a testament to the incredible health care initiatives being advanced throughout our nation.
- U.S. senator
- U.S. representative
- Member of the executive branch serving by presidential/political appointment (federal)
- Member of the executive branch in career public service (federal)
- Governor or elected statewide official
- Member of the state legislature
- Career public servant at the state or local level
If you have any questions regarding the awards or the nomination process, contact the Awards Secretariat at (314) 698-9051.
Award category: United States Representative
Rep. Kevin Brady
The state of Texas
Award category: Member of the executive branch serving by presidential appointment
Rahul Gupta, MD, MPH, MBA, FACP
Director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
Award category: Member of the executive branch in career public service
Debra Houry, MD, MPH
Chief medical officer and deputy director of program and science, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Award category: Outstanding public service
Wendell Primus, PhD
Senior policy advisor to speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi
Award category: Member of a state legislature
Thomas C. Alexander
The state of South Carolina
Award category: Career public servant at the local level
Alisha R. Bell
Chair, Wayne County Commission
The state of Michigan
View a list of past winners (PDF).