Alliance Award Winners

Each year for nearly two decades, the School-Based Health Alliance has recognized luminaries in the school-based health care field with a Lifetime Achievement award. During the national convention we honor select individuals and institutions who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the mission of school-based health care. We celebrate leaders who embody the spirit of innovation, dedication, and collaboration, who go above and beyond to manifest the vision of quality school-based health care for all young people.


Lifetime Achievement Award

About the Award

The Alliance’s Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates a leader who has demonstrated a strong commitment to making an impact in the school-based health care field.  Such leaders are innovative, dedicated, collaborative advocates who go ‘above and beyond’ to manifest the vision of quality school-based health care for all young people.

Nomination Questions:

  1. How does the nominee promote a culture of health across their school community, state, or the national school-based health care field?
  2. Describe ways in which the nominee demonstrates innovation—please be specific (e.g. implemented school breakfast program).
  3. Describe ways in which the nominee demonstrates collaboration -please be specific (e.g. developed school-based health care community partnership with representatives from: parents, youth, faith-based, local department of education, local department of health, and healthcare payors).
  4. Describe ways in which the nominee motivates and inspires others– please be specific (e.g. holds SBHC staff celebration, recognizing hard work and successes twice annually).

Eligibility

Eligible nominees:

  • Demonstrated leadership impact in the field.
  • At least 15 years of service in the school-based health care field
  • Current Alliance member

Individuals not eligible for this award include:

  • Less than 15 years in the field
  • Current and active members of School-Based Health Alliance’s Board of Directors and staff
  • Individuals who have previously received the Alliance’s Lifetime Achievement Award
Lifetime Achievement Nomination Form

Rising Star Award

About the Award

The Alliance’s Rising Star Award celebrates an individual who is early to mid-level in their school-based health care careers and demonstrates significant contributions to advancing the field. Such individuals demonstrate emerging leadership and an ability to create innovative strategies that address pressing issues in school-based health care.

Nomination Questions:

  1. Describe why you consider them as a “rising star” in promoting a culture of health across their school, community, state, or the national school-based health care field.
  2. Describe ways in which the nominee demonstrates innovation- please be specific (e.g. implemented school breakfast program).
  3. Describe ways in which the nominee demonstrates collaboration-please be specific (e.g. volunteers to join many school staff committees, including attendance team, staff wellness, back to school night committee).
  4. Describe ways in which the nominee motivates and inspires others- please be specific (e.g. sends electronic thank you cards to colleagues in SBHC and school staff upon completion of each joint deliverable).

Eligibility

Eligible nominees:

  • Demonstrated excellence in their contribution to address issues in the field using creative and innovative approaches
  • Up to 7 years in the school-based health care field
  • Holds a position in the school-based health care field at the national, state, and/or local level
  • Current individual or organization member of Alliance member

Individuals not eligible for this award include:

  • More than 7 years in the field
  • Current and active members of School-Based Health Alliance’s Board of Directors and staff.
  • Individuals who have previously received the Alliance’s Rising Star Award
Rising Star Nomination Form

2018 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Veda Johnson, MD, FAAP

A pediatrician and school-based health care pioneer, Dr. Veda Johnson’s tireless advocacy and enduring vision have changed the face of pediatric care in Atlanta, across the state of Georgia, and nationwide. Dr. Johnson is a leading authority on school-based health care models. She has spent her entire career pushing health care out of the medical complex and into neighborhoods and schools so that all children, no matter their race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or zip code, have limitless opportunities to thrive.

Over the past two decades Dr. Johnson has served on the School-Based Health Alliance Board of Directors, been a welcome presence as faculty at our national conventions, and, at our behest, periodically testified before Congress about the school-based health care model. Dr. Johnson currently serves as the Alliance’s liaison to the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on School Health where she is establishing a framework for collaboration between the two organizations.

Her many outstanding contributions to the growth and sustainability of school-based health centers span academic, research, education, training, philanthropy and advocacy realms.


Starting in 2018, we complemented the veteran award with a Rising Star tribute to individuals early-to-mid-level in their careers who are actively solving pressing issues in school-based health care.

2018 RISING STAR AWARD

Amanda Forsmark

A health educator with Great Lakes Bay Health Centers, Amanda Forsmark has been a part of the Saginaw High School-Based Health Center in Michigan since 2011.  During her time there, she has established a state-recognized Teen Advisory Council (TAC) that is financially self-sustaining, runs a variety of innovative programs for youth peers, and has won several state-wide and national awards for their work.  Some of their programs include: state and national advocacy projects related to health care for teens; a “Respect Campaign” that resulted in lowering bullying rates at Saginaw High School; “REAL TALK” annual youth symposium to educate young people about healthy sexual choices; and an “I’m Healthy and I Know It – I Work Out!” program that fosters healthy eating and exercise after school hours.

Amanda “loves to work with young people and see her students create positive change in their community.”  Her infectious smile and calm, “can-do” attitude make her a joy to be around, and her peers, school/community partners, and the young people she works with all rave about her passion, competence, reliability, creativity, and dedication to the SBHC and TAC models.

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