Three Public Health Organizations Receive 2022 Fries Health Improvement Award for Protecting Americans’ Health

Association of State and Territory Health Officials, Big City Health Coalition and National Association of County and City Health Officials Honored for Vital Impact in the United States

ATLANTE, November 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), Big Cities Health Coalition (BCHC), and National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) today received the 2022 Fries Award for improvement in health. These organizations and the members they represent have been honored for saving and protecting millions of lives, including during the unprecedented challenges of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, which has posed the greatest health threat for over of a century.

The Fries Award for Health Improvement was presented this morning at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA), which is taking place in Boston. The award recognizes an individual or organization that has made a major contribution to improving public health with a focus on recent contributions to health. It is for those who have done the most to improve the health of the greatest number. This is the first time in more than 30 years of the award’s history that three organizations have simultaneously received this recognition. The only other organization to receive this honor was Doctors Without Borders in 2019. The monetary award for the Fries Prize for Health Improvement is $60,000which will be distributed among the three organizations.

“Over the past few years, I have had the privilege of working with members of these three organizations, and I have been amazed by their unwavering dedication and tremendous positive impact on the health of all Americans,” said Judy Monroe, MD, President and CEO of the CDC Foundation. “ASTHO, BCHC and NACCHO represent some of the best that public health has to offer. Their members have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 response and are working around the clock to deal with many other concurrent health threats. I applaud them for all of their efforts during the pandemic as well as their continued commitment to helping us keep us safe every day.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, ASTHO, BCHC and NACCHO provided critical leadership and improved public health through capacity building and technical assistance to health departments across the country. Members of all these organizations led the public health response at the state, local and territorial levels, including the development and implementation of prevention and mitigation measures, in partnership with health systems , hospitals, community and faith-based organizations and other sectors as well as educating the public with scientific information.

“ASTHO, BCHC and NACCHO and their members have undoubtedly demonstrated their unprecedented and critical impact in protecting and saving the lives of millions of Americans and advocating for public health for the good of society,” said said J. Nadine Grace, MD, MSCE, President and CEO, Trust for America’s Health, who helped champion the nomination of ASTHO, BCHC, and NACCHO for the Fries Award. “I have worked closely with these organizations and witnessed the courageous and unwavering dedication they have to promoting the health and well-being of communities across the country and advancing gender equity. health so that every person has a fair and equal chance to be as healthy as possible.”

ASTHO, BCHC, and NACCHO are the nation’s public health organizations that represent and serve the nation’s state and territory departments, local health departments, and America’s largest metropolitan health departments. Public health officials who are members of these organizations serve to promote and protect the health and well-being and prevent illness and death of people across the country.

ASTHO is a not-for-profit organization committed to supporting the work of state and territory public health officials and fostering national public health policy development and excellence. Its members are made up of 59 chief health officials from each of the 50 states, washington d.c., five US territories and three freely associated states. ASTHO also supports peer communities of state and territory health officials and senior health service executives who work with more than 100,000 public health professionals employed in state and regional public health agencies. territories.

The BCHC is a forum for leaders of America’s largest metropolitan health departments to exchange strategies and jointly solve problems to promote and protect the health and safety of the 61 million people they serve. Together, these public health officials directly affect the health and well-being of nearly one in five Americans.

NACCHO represents nearly 3,000 local government health departments nationwide. These municipal, county, metropolitan, district and tribal departments work every day to protect and promote the health and well-being of all members of their communities. NACCHO’s mission is to improve the health of communities by strengthening and defending local health services.

The James F. and Sarah T. Fries Foundation is a nonprofit corporation incorporated in 1991. The mission of the foundation is to identify and honor individuals, organizations, or institutions who have made great contributions to the public health. The foundation seeks to reward achievement rather than promise, practicality rather than theory.

The CDC Foundation is honored to partner with the James F. and Sarah T. Fries Foundation, which created and funds the award. Since 2016, the CDC Foundation has managed and administered the Fries Foundation public health award programs, which include the Fries Award for Health Improvement and the Elizabeth Fries Award for Health Education.

About the CDC Foundation

The CDC Foundation helps the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) save and improve lives by unleashing the power of collaboration between CDC, philanthropies, businesses, organizations, and individuals to protect health, safety and the security of America and the world. The CDC Foundation is the nonprofit organization authorized by Congress to mobilize philanthropic partners and private sector resources to support the CDC’s essential health protection mission. Since 1995, the CDC Foundation has collected over $1.6 billion and launched more than 1,200 programs impacting a variety of health threats, ranging from chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease and cancer, to infectious diseases such as rotavirus and HIV, to emergency responses including COVID-19 and Ebola. The CDC Foundation has managed hundreds of CDC-led programs in United States and in more than 160 countries last year. Learn more at

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