Wilkes University


Opportunity to nominate a student for the United States Public Health Service Award

We have the opportunity to nominate 1 student for a prestigious 2018 United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Practice Award. Below are the criteria, please take special note of the criteria. If you have a student you would like to nominate, please send your nomination to Dr. Olenak at julie.olenak@wilkes.edu by December 20th describing why you think the student should be nominated by the School of Pharmacy. The nomination narrative must be no longer than two typed pages, single spaced and no smaller font than 12. (Do not send letters of recommendation, CVs, or other supporting materials). This information will be shared with the Scholarship and Awards Subcommittee of Student Affairs who will review the nominations and will make the final selection of the student to be nominated for the award. Please note that the nominator will need to be involved in taking a primary role in completing the nomination form if your nominee is the student to represent Wilkes. This process will need to be completed following the final nomination selection.

A student may be nominated by self-submitting, through a pharmacy club, a faculty member, advisor or staff member. The student's work, for which they are being nominated, must occur outside of the curriculum. Narrative Format should comment on the accomplishment, background, intervention, and outcome.


Nominations must be reviewed competitively by the School Awards Committee and we will only be able to select one student. Nominations should be evaluated to determine the extent to which the student demonstrated the following:

Nominations should be evaluated to determine the extent to which the student demonstrated excellence and dedication to one or more of the following achievements while enrolled in pharmacy school:

1. Develop, implement, or modify an existing program that advances the overarching goals and achieve the objectives of "Healthy People 2020.1" The goals of Healthy People 2020 are:
• Attain high quality, longer lives free of preventable disease, disability, injury, and premature death.
• Achieve health equity, eliminate disparities, and improve the health of all groups.
• Create social and physical environments that promote good health for all.
• Promote quality of life, healthy development, and healthy behaviors across all life stages.

Examples include programs that educate patients about a specific disease or to promote healthy lifestyle choices such as providing clinical preventative services (e.g. access to healthcare, screening for chronic diseases), immunization delivery and infectious diseases prevention, sexually transmitted disease education, HIV education, treatment, and prevention, and oral health prevention (e.g. collaboration with dentists, fluoride treatment).

2. Develop, Implement, or modify an existing program that addresses the priorities of the "National Prevention Strategy2":

• Tobacco Free Living
• Preventing Drug Abuse and Excessive Alcohol Use
• Healthy Eating
• Active Living
• Injury and Violence Free Living
• Reproductive and Sexual Health
• Mental and Emotional Well-Being

3. Contributions of time, talents, or energy towards emerging or current public health issues
(e.g. Zika virus or opioid epidemic).

4. Contributions of time, talents, or energy in voluntary health related service by directly or indirectly helping individuals in need through work in civic, community, or humanitarian activities. Examples could be serving in an inner-city health clinic or renovation of a health clinic in a medically underserved area.

1. https://www.healthypeople.gov/
2. http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/priorities/prevention/strategy/