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Robert F. Allen Symbol of H.O.P.E. Award

Award Criteria

The Robert F. Allen Symbol of H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Through Empowerment) Award honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to promoting cultural diversity within health promotion or who have demonstrated significant achievement in serving the health promotion needs of underserved populations.  National prominence or celebrity status is not one of the criteria for the award.
The purposes of this award are to (1) reward those who have devoted their careers to serving underserved populations and promoting cross-cultural harmony, (2) disseminate innovative and effective strategies to do this, and (3) increase the attention directed toward these efforts within the health promotion community.
This award is made in recognition of Dr. Robert F. Allen’s work in helping people live harmoniously and achieve their greatest potential by learning how to create cultural norms that support these goals.

Nominations and Selection Process 

Award winners will be selected from nominations submitted by peers. Nominations should include the following information: 

1. An email with the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of the two people submitting the nomination and of the nominee.

2. A two page narrative description, in a Microsoft Word document, of the nominee's contributions or achievements in promoting cultural diversity within health promotion or meeting the health promotion needs of underserved populations, with specific examples of how the nominee has influenced and contributed in these areas. Nominations will be reviewed by an anonymous award committee.


Deadlines and Award Announcements 

Nominations must be received by April 24, 2015 and the winner will be announced in June.



The award winner will receive a cash prize of $3,500 and a commemorative plaque.


Award Sponsors

This award is presented annually by the American Journal of Health Promotion. The cash award is made possible through grants provided by the California Wellness Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the Allen family.

Please send all nominations to:

Nominations should be sent as a Word document attachment.