Lifetime Achievement Award
The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the career achievements of a distinguished individual who through professional and personal endeavors has made significant and lasting contributions to the field of human services that have continued beyond their tenure. Awardees have galvanized cooperation among human service organizations and enhanced the standing of human service agencies and their workers. The APHSA Board of Directors nominates individuals for this award. Individuals are recognized for the following:
- Programs/initiatives the individual has worked on continued after he/she has left an organization. The individual’s work has longevity and he/she has left a positive, lasting impression on the organization(s) he/she has worked for and the people with whom he/she has worked.
- The individual has shared his/her experience and learning with people and organizations throughout his/her career and has left a leadership legacy that allows organizations to continue successful human services work into the future.
- The individual garnered public support and played a significant role in educating the public about the human services work in which he/she was engaged. The work he/she did enhanced the standing of human services, positively educated the public about the needs and successes of public human services, and achieved concrete results.
- The individual encouraged and facilitated enhanced cooperation and involvement of significant groups outside his/her immediate organization. He/She sought and received appropriate input and participation from customers, other organizations and disciplines, and stakeholders.
Outstanding State Member Award
The Outstanding Member Award was established to recognize an individual for significant contributions to APHSA’s mission. In 2012 APHSA began a new tradition of recognizing an individual who works in state government and another who works in local government. APHSA staff nominates individuals in recognition of their support of this organization and of their achievements, contributions and commitment to advancing the field of public human services and those that it serves. To be eligible for this award the individual must be a current employee of a state or local human service agency for at least one year. The agency must be an active member of APHSA (agency has paid membership dues). Individuals are recognized for the following:
- The individual has been an active member of APHSA, participating in association programs and events, serving in leadership positions (e.g., Board of Directors, Council committees, affiliate leadership roles, etc.), contributing to APHSA publications, and otherwise helping the Association achieve its goals.
- The individual shows support for other members and serves as a resource to others to advance the field of human services.
- The individual has worked to enhance the standing of APHSA, educating the public about the contributions APHSA and its members make to human services.
- The individual has encouraged and facilitated enhanced cooperation and involvement of significant groups outside his/her immediate agency in support of APHSA’s mission. He/She sought and received appropriate input and participation from units within APHSA (affiliates, various committees outside his/her own, etc.) as well as stakeholders outside of APHSA (other agencies, advocacy groups, professional associations, etc.).
Academic Excellence Award
The Academic Excellence award was established to recognize a School of Social Work or other College/University Social Services or Human Services Department or Program for outstanding contributions to the field of Human Services. Nominations for this award are accepted from any individual that is familiar with the work of the institution and human services. Institutions/programs are recognized for the following:
- The institution must be accredited by the Council of Social Work Education or a Human Services, Social Work, or Social Services Department or Program within a nationally accredited college or university.
- The school, department or program effectively prepares students to be successful in and actively contribute to a rapidly evolving health and human services field.
- The school, department or program is a valuable partner of state or local public health and human service agencies in its community (e.g., provides or supports research in public health and human services; shares information, expertise, resources, etc., with public health and human service agencies; partners with public health and human service agencies in technical assistance and training efforts; contributes to public dialogues about health and human services and works to advance and transform the field).
- The school, department, or program has an academically rich and rigorous human services, social services, or social work curriculum that contributes to innovation in the human services field.
Distinguished Service Award
The Distinguished Service Award recognizes individuals who have made lasting contributions to the human services field through leadership roles.