UPHA recognizes the outstanding efforts of organizations and individuals in the community that work hard to improve the lives of Utahns. These organizations and individuals are true leaders of the public's health. Award recipients are announced and presented during the Awards Luncheon at the Annual Public Health Conference for Utah.

2020-2021 Award Winners

Beatty Award

Dr. Angela Dunn, Utah Department of Health
Carolyn Rose, Summit County Health Department

Public Health Hero - Community

Dr. Claudia Fruin, Utah Lead Coalition

Public Health Hero - Employee

Sarah Willardson, Davis County Health Department
Aislynn Tolman-Hill, Utah County Health Department

Public Health Hero - Group

USU Health Extension: Advocacy, Research, and Teaching (HEART)
Utah State Board of Education, Child Nutrition Program

Rising Star

Tara Ross, Utah Department of Health
Ashley Yaugher, USU Extension

President's Award

Stephanie Jones, Utah County Health Department

Director's Award

Susi Feltch-Malohifo'ou, PIK2AR
Oreta Tupola, UPHA


Beatty Award – The Beatty Award is the most distinguished award given by UPHA. Each year, the Beatty Award is presented to a UPHA Member who is in good standing and who has made a significant contribution to public health in Utah.     Past Beatty Award Recipients

Public Health Hero – The three categories for the Public Health Hero awards are: An individual from the community; a public health employee; and a group, organization, or project. We award one from each category.

Rising Star Award – This award is given to an individual who demonstrates leadership in the public health field. Individuals nominated for this award should be making a significant contribution to the advancement of health within a community or to the knowledge and practice in the public health field. Nominees should be new to public health, having worked in this area for no more than 3 years.

Youth Award – This award is presented annually to a youth group that has made a significant contribution to address a serious public health problem.


Photos: 2019 Award Winners (left); 2019 Beatty Award Winner, Teresa Garrett (right)