Each year at the Annual Research Meeting (ARM), AcademyHealth recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the fields of health services research and health policy through several prestigious awards. This year, we offered five awards for the ARM.

The nomination deadline for the 2021 ARM awards has passed.

Distinguished Career Award


The Distinguished Career Award is AcademyHealth’s highest career award, recognizing leaders who have made significant and lasting contributions to the field of health services research (HSR). Awardees have impacted the field through advancement of science and methods, leadership, mentorship, scholarship and teaching, and/or the application of health services and policy evidence to improve health and health care.

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HSR Impact Award


The HSR Impact Award recognizes research that has had a significant impact on health and health care. The award, supported by AcademyHealth, is intended to identify and promote examples of outstanding research that has been successfully translated into health policy, management, or clinical practice in order to address cost, quality, access, equity and/or patient outcomes and the delivery of care. e and achieve your health policy goals.

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Alice S. Hersh Emerging Leader Award


The Alice S. Hersh Emerging Leader Award recognizes professionals early in their career who show exceptional promise for future contributions to the field of health services research. This award commemorates the dedication of Alice Hersh, the founding executive director of the Association for Health Services Research, and her commitment to supporting the field of health services research.

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Outstanding Dissertation Award


The Outstanding Dissertation Award recognizes an outstanding scientific contribution from a doctoral thesis in health services research or health policy in 2020. Judging by the innovative research, this doctoral candidate shows exceptional promise as a health services researcher.

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Publication-of the-Year Award


The Publication-of-the-Year Award recognizes the best and most relevant, scientific work that the fields of health services research and health policy have produced and published in the prior calendar year.

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