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Halbert L. Dunn Award

The Halbert L. Dunn Award is the most prestigious award presented by the National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems. This award has been presented since 1981 for national recognition of outstanding and lasting contributions to the field of vital and health statistics on a national, state, or local level. The award was established in honor of the late Halbert L. Dunn, M.D., Director of the National Office of Vital Statistics from 1946 to 1960. Dr. Dunn was very instrumental in encouraging the states to establish a state association and played a major role in developing our Association. The recipient of the Halbert L. Dunn Award is presented with a symbolic plaque at the Hal Dunn Awards Luncheon during our annual meeting.

The Award is presented to an individual whose contributions in the fields of administration, education, and technical service and all specialties of vital and health statistics are considerable and above the norm. The annual selection of the Hal Dunn winner is based on the following criteria:

  1. Nominee should have made significant contributions in the field of vital records registration or health statistics through activities within his/her own organization, written articles/reports, or through participation on committees/projects/programs designed to promote and improve the field.
  2. Nominee has demonstrated exemplary leadership at the local, state or national level in vital records registration or health statistics activities.
  3. Nominee has provided consultation, assistance or support to other registration or health statistics programs to further their abilities and capabilities in the conduct of their programs.
  4. Nominee has actively participated in professional state and national meetings and conferences with focus on registration and health statistics.
  5. Nominee has contributed to the formulation of policy, process or procedures related to the operation/administration of vital records registration and health statistics programs.
  6. Ideally the nominee has published in the fields of vital registration and health statistics.

 

The past winners of the Halbert L. Dunn Award are: 

Year    
Recipient                   
State of Organization
1981
Deane Huxtable
Virginia
1982
Loren Chancellor
Iowa & NCHS
1983
Vito Logrillo
New York State
1984
Carl Erhardt
New York City
1985
Irvin Franzen
Kansas
1986
W. D. Don Carroll
Texas
1987
Margaret Shackelford
Okalahoma
1988
John Brockert
Utah
1989
Margaret Watts
North Dakota
1990
John Patterson
NCHS
1991
Patricia Potrzebowski
Pennsylvania
1993
Garland Land
Missouri
1994
George Van Amburg
Michigan
1995
Jack Smith
CDC
1997
Ray Nashold
Wisconsin
1998
Iwao Moriyama
IIVRS
2000
George Gay
NCHS
2001
Dorothy Harshbarger
Alabama
2002
Lorne Phillips
Kansas
2003
Mary Anne Freedman
Vermont & NCHS
2005
Joe Carney
West Virginia, Oregon & Colorado
2006
Dan Friedman
Massachusetts
2007
Harry Rosenberg
NCHS
2008
Alvin Onaka
Hawaii
2009
Marshall Evans
NCHS
2010
Steven Schwartz
New York City
2011
Charlie Rothwell
NCHS
2013
Stephanie Ventura
NCHS

2014
    Bruce Cohen               
Massachusetts