Health Education Professional of the Year School K-12 Award, American Association for Health Education

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Health Education Professional of
the Year School K-12 Award  


The American Association for Health Education (AAHE) seeks to recognize those who enrich the depth and scope of health-related activities. AAHE is proud to cosponsor the Health Education Professional of the Year School K-12 (HEPYS) Awards.

Qualification of Candidates
  • Previous recipients of awards may not be nominated to receive the award.
  • Deceased persons are not eligible for nomination for the awards.
  • Members of the AAHE Awards Committee and the AAHE Board of Directors and their families are not eli­gi­ble for nomination while they are serving in said roles.  Committee members are not allowed to resign from the Committee in order to be considered for an award.  
  • Candidates must have five years of experience in the category where they are applying.  
  • A candidate does not have to be a member of AAHE or AAHPERD.  
  • Nominees must be practitioners.  
  • Each candidate must demonstrate specific contributions in the following criteria:  
  • Leadership in developing and implementing or directing/­coordi­nating effective health education/ promotion programs.
  • Volunteer service to local, state, district or national level organizations or at the school or com­mun­ity levels.  
  • Service to local, state or national professional organizations.  
  • Evidence of meritorious professional activity in at least three (3) of the follow­ing:  innovative teaching, publications, presentations, funded research or pro­grams, special projects, or other health related activities.  
  • Guidelines for Nomination of Candidates
    • States wishing to make nominations to their respective Districts may use the form located on this website.  The completed form is to be sent to VPP Office AAHPERD, 1900 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1599, by October 15th. 
    • National award winners will be selected by the AAHE Awards Committee prior to the AAHE/AAHPERD national convention. The awards are presented at the AAHE luncheon. No compensation is provided for the recipients to attend the AAHE/AAHPERD national convention.  
    • Attach only one double–spaced sheet in evidence of each criteria. This write–up should follow the brief biographical section.  
    Application Packet Checklist
    • Application Form with Biographical Information                                          
    • Contributions to Field Criteria (One double-spaced sheet for each)                                  
    • Letters of Recommendation (3)                                         
    • Brief Biographical Sketch (example biography)    
    Download Application Form

    Click here to download the awards application form for the Health Education Professional of the Year Schools K-12 Award in interactive format. 

    Submit all nominations by October 15th to:
    VPP Office AAHPERD
    1900 Association Drive
    Reston, VA 20191-1599

    For questions please contact by phone: 703-476-3437, or email: aahe@aahperd.org.



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