Health Professional Awards

Each year ARHP recognizes its members' outstanding contributions to the field of rheumatology through an awards program.

Master Designation

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:

  • Receives priority housing for the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting
  • Receives guest passes to the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting opening lecture and awards ceremony
  • Attends the ACR/ARHP Masters reception
  • Is recognized at the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting with a certificate at the opening lecture and awards ceremony and a photo/biosketch display in the exhibit hall
  • Is acknowledged in The Rheumatologist and on the ACR website

Lifetime Achievement Award

 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Teresa J. Brady, PhD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, GA
2017 Recipient


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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Addie Thomas Service Award

Addie Thomas Service Award winnerKimberly F. Kimpton, PT
Physical Therapy
Centennial, CO
2017 Recipient


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.

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Ann Kunkel Advocacy Award

Ann Kunkel Advocacy Award winnerJennifer L. Trizuto, MPT
Mills-Peninsula Health Services
San Mateo, CA
2017 Recipient

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.

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.

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Distinguished Scholar Award

Distinguished Scholar Award RecipientElizabeth Badley, MSc, DPhil
Krembil Research Institute, University Health Network
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2017 Recipient


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.

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.

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Distinguished Clinician Award

Distinguished Clinician Award recipient Deborah Bancroft Rizzo
University of Michigan Health System
Ann Arbor, MI
2017 Recipient

 

Distinguished Clinician Award recipient Carole V. Dodge, OT, CHT
University of Michigan Medical Center
Ann Arbor, MI
2017 Recipient


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.

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.

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Distinguished Educator Award

Distinguished Educator Award recipientScott M. Hasson, EdD, PT
Physical Therapy
Murrells Inlet, SC
2017 Recipient


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.

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.

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ARHP Appreciation Awards

President’s Award

ARHP President’s Award recipient Karen L. Smarr, PhD
Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital
Columbia, MO
2017 Recipient


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.

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Graduate Student in Rheumatology Award

2017 Recipients

Vanessa Delisle, MSc
McGill University
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.

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