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Established in 2017 by Provost Kevin Whitaker in conjunction with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, this annual award recognizes excellence in academic program-level assessment and improvement of student learning. The receiving program is identified by the University Assessment Council as the degree program whose 2018-19 assessment report most strongly exhibits the award criteria: meaningful, measurable, manageable and innovative.
"Dr. Knowlden was awarded a 2020 Presidential Citation from the Society of Public Health Education for his exemplary effort to advance the Health Education Practice Analysis II (HESPA II). As a part of his effort, Dr. Knowlden served as Vice-Chair of the HESPA II project; a comprehensive study undertaken every five years to identify changes in health education and promotion practice, and to inform professional preparation and continuing education programs of these changes. Dr. Knowlden is lead author on the scientific manuscript providing details of the results of HESPA II. The manuscript is currently in press with the peer-review journal, Health Education & Behavior."
The University of Alabama’s Council on Community-Based Partnerships selected Hands in Health to receive a premier award: Outstanding Student-Initiated Engagement Effort for 2020. This award includes recognition by the Council and funding support of $2,000 to aid in the continuation of their work. This award recognizes Hands in Health students’ overall community engagement efforts and their inclusion of students from diverse majors in their important public health work.
Hands in Health currently has approximately 20 active members and is open to any interested UA student. The purpose of this student organization is to advance the professional competency and dedication of individual members with an interest in health and wellness. Hands in Health provides undergraduate and graduate students opportunities to gain experience in health-related service, teaching, advocacy, and research. The faculty advisor of Hands in Health is Dr. Jen Nickelson, Associate Professor in the Department of Health Science. For more information about Hands in Health or how to join, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.