Secretary's Award for
Innovations in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Description of Award
The Secretary's Award for Innovations in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention program (Secretary's Award) was developed from a suggestion in 1981 by a Temple University health education student, who submitted an idea to the Department of Health and Humans Services (DHHS) for a competition among health professions students for proposals concerning health promotion and disease prevention.
Student proposals should take their
inspiration from the 467 objectives detailed in Healthy
People 2010. During each academic
year, each health professions school or college may submit one single discipline paper and
one interdisciplinary paper to the Secretary's Award.
Students matriculating in Canadian veterinary curricula are not eligible for the
Secretary's Award competition.
Description of HP 2010
The document Healthy People 2010 contains the nation's health
agenda for the next 10 years. The challenge for all health professions is to
translate these objectives into effective action. There
are 467 objectives in 28 focus areas, making Healthy
People 2010 an encyclopedic compilation of health improvement opportunities for the
next decade. The document's two major goals
reflect the nation's changing demographics. The
first goal is to increase the quality and years of healthy life, while the second goal is
to eliminate health disparities among our diverse population.
During the 1999-2000 academic year, Delilah Cuthriel of Auburn University's School of
Pharmacy and Pat Davis of Auburn Universitys College of Veterinary Medicine won
third place honors ($3000) in the interdisciplinary division of the Secretary's Award for
"The Letter in the Litter: A Public Information Pamphlet to Reduce the Incidence of Toxoplasma gondii in Pregnant Women and Their
Children." This project won first place
($1,000) in the Hill's Public Health Award writing competition.
This project will
improve prenatal care and prevent potential birth defects, The Letter in the
Litter (TLTL) project educates pregnant women and women of childbearing age about
toxoplasmosis. Through distribution of
pamphlets in bags of cat litter and with prenatal vitamin prescriptions, this project aims
to increase public awareness regarding toxoplasmosis as an infectious disease with a
special focus on the ways it can be prevented. TLTL
project encourages women to take precautions while handling their cats and emphasizes
proper handling of raw meat since these are the primary routes of transmission. TLTL project will make information on
toxoplasmosis and its prevention available to a large number of women at no cost to them. By increasing public awareness of toxoplasmosis,
it advocates healthy relationships between women and their cats. This paper was published in the October 2000 issue of
the National Academies of Practice Forum.
These three links
provide important information about writing a proposal for submission to the
Secretarys Award writing competition.