Community Health Trailblazer Award

Health Disparities Research Center

Community Health Trailblazer Award

Nominate an outstanding person or organization for the 
Beti Thompson Community Health Trailblazer Award

The Office of Community Outreach & Engagement, formerly the Hutch Health Disparities Research Center, announces the opportunity to recognize a community health trailblazer who has had an extraordinary impact on the health and well-being of their community, their nation, or the state for their dedication and service to the community.  This award is named for Dr. Beti Thompson, a community-based participatory research practitioner at Fred Hutch, who has devoted her research career to helping underserved populations by working with community partners and stakeholders to develop culturally relevant interventions that have addressed public health concerns brought forth by the community.  Dr. Thompson has been an inspiration and role model for many working towards social justice for medically underserved and disadvantaged populations.  This award is given annually to an individual, group, or organization that strives for inclusion to achieve the vision of a world of equity where all members benefit from the resources that are available in our society. 

For the purpose of this award:

Public health is concerned with protecting the safety and improving the health of a community through the promotion of healthy lifestyles, research for disease and injury prevention, and detection and control of infectious diseases.

Social justice refers to challenging injustices to improve public health and well-being through work that leads to the reduction, and ultimately elimination, or health disparities.

The inaugural award was presented at our annual Symposium in 2017.


How to submit a nomination
To nominate an individual, group or organization, you must complete the online nomination form and submit a nomination letter that provides evidence and examples about the nominee as follows:

  1. Description of two or three events or activities in which the nominee was involved that exemplify how they have acted to serve as a model for addressing inequities for medically underserved or disadvantaged populations.
  2. Creativity and/or innovation in development or application of strategy/strategies to address a public health issue in the community.
  3. Any notable contributions to community health that are unique to the candidate.

Nomination materials should be assembled by the nominator and submitted as a single PDF document.  Nominations must be received by 11:59 PM PST on April 1, 2020. 

Click here to submit a nomination

Submissions will be evaluated by members of the Office of Community Outreach & Engagement's Community Action Coalition and Internal Advisory Council.

The award will be presented at the annual Pathways to Equity Symposium in 2020 with a celebratory luncheon to follow.  Award recipients receive a $250 honorarium to support their work. 

Questions?  Please contact Kathy Briant or Norma Alcalá.