Public Health Leadership Award

Emergency Medicine is a specialty on the frontlines. Emergency physicians are uniquely positioned to be leaders and catalysts in addressing major public health challenges, such as environmental concerns, injury prevention strategies, increasing societal vulnerability to emerging infectious diseases, and numerous others. Developing effective solutions to these challenges often requires innovation through interdisciplinary collaborations across not only the field of health care, but also government/policy and technology sectors.

The Public Health Leadership Award honors an SAEM member who has made exceptional contributions to addressing public health challenges through interdisciplinary leadership in innovation — locally, regionally, nationally, internationally. These contributions and accomplishments should demonstrate foresight and leading-edge innovative thinking.

We encourage you to nominate a diverse pool of candidates for all SAEM awards.

The nomination period for 2024 SAEM Awards is October 1 to December 9, 2023.

New this year, the SAEM Awards Committee has developed a standardized letter template for you to use when creating your nomination packet.


Previous recipients of the award are ineligible for further nomination for this award. Candidates may be nominated by any SAEM member and are evaluated by the Awards Committee on their accomplishments in public health, including:

  • Development of an effective solution to Emergency Medicine and public health challenges through interdisciplinary collaboration across the field of healthcare and/or other sectors such as technology or government/policy.
  • Level of contribution made in creating a solution to a public health challenge and evident leadership within the project.
  • Number and/or quality of products/accomplishments achieved.
  • Degree of impact made on a local, regional, national, and/or international level. This may be through interdisciplinary education, research, or innovation.
  • Award(s) received or recognition given to the nominee for their work and contribution on their project addressing a public health challenge within the scope of Emergency Medicine


The nomination must include:

  • A current CV of the candidate
  • A brief (1-2 paragraph) biographical summary 
  • A cover letter by the nominator addressing above areas and the impact on emergency medicine, delivery of care or understanding of illness/therapy (please download the standardized letter template to create your cover letter)
  • While not mandatory, a maximum of two (2) additional support letters may be submitted (these may use the standardized letter template or be written free-form, limited to 2 pages)
  • A color photo of nominee (.jpg 300 DPI high resolution)
  • Person nominating award candidate (including mailing address, phone and fax numbers and email address)
  • Contact information of department administrator or media persons that should be notified if the award is received.



October 1, 2023 - December 9, 2023