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2016 Ronald H. Levine Legacy Award

Thomas J. Vitaglione, MPH, Action for Children NC, was presented with the 2016 Ronald H. Levine Legacy Award during the luncheon on Thursday, January 21.

About the Legacy Award and Past Recipients

The person honored with the Legacy Award for Public Health will have a distinguished record of achievement in one or more of the following areas:

  • Expanding the scope and impact of public health services and programs;
  • Significantly improving public health systems, capacity or infrastructure;
  • Enhancing public health capacity through policy development or collaboration with the private sector;
  • Improving the public’s health through the creation of sustained partnerships; and/or
  • Fostering public health improvement through sound science and research.

In order to be considered for the Statewide Impact Award, the selected individual’s contribution in one or more of these areas must have been sustained and significant.

Criteria for Selection

To be eligible for the Legacy Award for Public Health – Statewide Impact, the selected individual must have been:

  • Active in the practice of public health for a period of not less than 10 years; or,
  • In a position to directly influence or guide public health systems change with regard to the body of public health work under consideration;


  • Successful in making an enduring contribution to North Carolina’s state and local public health system.

Selections are not limited to state and local public health staff.

The Legacy Award for Public Health winners are selected solely by the NC State Health Director. At the discretion of the State Health Director, a nominations committee may be established to; design a nomination process, receive nominations, select at least three individuals who best meet the stated criteria for each award category, and make recommendations to the State Health Director. The State Health Director will then make the final decision for each award.

Award Announcement and Past Recipients

Recipients of the Ronald H. Levine Legacy Awards for Public Health are announced during an awards luncheon at the State Health Director’s conference. Award recipients are honored with a special commemorative gift, and the winner’s name is entered upon a permanent plaque displayed within the Office of the State Health Director. Legacy Award winners are also given lifetime complimentary registration to the annual state health director’s conference.

Past Ron Levine Award Recipients

  • 2015 - Jerry Parks
  • 2014 - Joy Reed
  • 2013 - Pam Silberman
  • 2012 - William Pully
  • 2011 - Rachael Stevens
  • 2010
    • Paul M. Stone
    • Beth Lovette
  • 2009
    • Don Yousey
    • Dean Smith
    • Dr. Leah Devlin
  • 2008
    • Thomas D. Bridges
    • Mary L. Piepenbring
    • John H. Frank
  • 2007
    • Carmen Hooker-Odom, former Secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services
    • Sen. William R. Purcell
    • Rep. Edd Nye
  • 2006
  • 2005 - Dr. Jesse H. Meredith
  • 2004 - Dr. J.N. "Newt" MacCormack