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Each year ARHP recognizes its members' outstanding contributions to the field of rheumatology through an awards program.
The 2018 award winner will be announced at the 2018 Annual Meeting.
Recognition as a Master of the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP) is one of the highest honors that the ARHP bestows to members.
Eligibility: The designation of ARHP Master is conferred on ARHP members age 65 years or older by October 1 of the year in which they are nominated who have made outstanding contributions to the field of rheumatology through service to the ACR/ARHP; and advancements in research, practice, education, and/or advocacy. ARHP members in good standing with a minimum of ten consecutive years of membership who meet the age requirements are eligible.
Award Terms and Funding: An ARHP Master is not required to pay annual fees, dues, or assessments and has the privilege of attending the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting without payment of registration fees.
An ARHP Master:
Teresa J. Brady, PhD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The highest honor that the ARHP bestows, the Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a current or former member of ARHP whose career has demonstrated a sustained and lasting contribution to the field of rheumatology and rheumatology health professionals.
Eligibility: Candidates for the Lifetime Achievement Award shall have been members of ARHP, formerly known as Arthritis Health Professions Association (AHPA) or ACR for at least ten consecutive years.
Award Terms and Funding: A one-time, merit-based award and the recipient will receive a $5,500 cash award and complimentary registration to ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting.
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Kimberly F. Kimpton, PT
The Addie Thomas Service Award is presented to an ARHP member in honor of our Association's first president and recognizes individuals who have been an active volunteer involved with local, regional/state, national, and/or international arthritis-related activities.
Eligibility: ARHP members in good standing.
Award Terms and Funding: A one-time, merit-based award and the recipient will receive a $3,000 cash award and complimentary registration to ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting.
Jennifer L. Trizuto, MPT
Mills-Peninsula Health Services
San Mateo, CA
The Ann Kunkel Advocacy Award is presented to an ARHP member with a history of advocating at local, regional/state, national, and/or international levels. It is named in honor of ARHP member Ann Kunkel, a patient educator in pediatric rheumatology whose enthusiasm and persistence has inspired many members to join the effort to increase arthritis awareness.
Elizabeth Badley, MSc, DPhil
Krembil Research Institute, University Health Network
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The ARHP Distinguished Scholar Award is presented to an ARHP Member who demonstrates exceptional achievements in scholarly activities pertinent to arthritis and the rheumatic diseases.
Deborah Bancroft Rizzo
University of Michigan Health System
Ann Arbor, MI
Carole V. Dodge, OT, CHT
University of Michigan Medical Center
Ann Arbor, MI
The ARHP Distinguished Clinician Award is presented to an ARHP member who is engaged in clinical practice and demonstrates outstanding clinical expertise in arthritis and the rheumatic diseases.
Scott M. Hasson, EdD, PT
Murrells Inlet, SC
The Distinguished Educator Award is presented to an ARHP member who has demonstrated sustained excellence in the teaching of patients and students/trainees, including health professional students, medical students, residents, graduate students, and/or fellows, with their primary focus being rheumatology related content.
Karen L. Smarr, PhD
Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital
The ARHP President's Award is awarded to the ACR/ARHP member or team performing outstanding service within the present year in advancing the goals, ideals, and standards of ARHP.
Eligibility: ACR/ARHP members in good standing.
Award Terms and Funding: Recipients receive recognition at the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting.
Vanessa Delisle, MSc
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Priti Prasad, MS
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
The ARHP Outstanding Student in Rheumatology Award seeks to recognize students advancing rheumatology in one or more of the following areas: education, practice, research, and/or advocacy.
Eligibility: Non-physician health professional students who have not yet achieved the highest academic degree in a given field of study.
Award Terms and Funding: A one-time, merit-based award of $500, recognition at the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting, and standard student member benefits.
2017 ACR Member Top Recruiter
Colin Edgerton, MD
2017 ARHP Member Top Recruiter
Marie Westby, PT, PhD
Mary Pack Arthritis Centre
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Eligibility: This award is given to the top ACR and ARHP recruiters of new ARHP members.
Award Terms and Funding: A one-time, merit-based award and the recipient will receive a $500 American Express gift card.
Nominations are closed.
The Membership and Nominations Committee will consider all nominations as they have been submitted. After careful deliberations by the committee, its recommendations will be forwarded to the ARHP Executive Committee for final approval. Decisions are announced after the July ARHP Executive Committee meeting. Awards are presented at the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting.