NWCPHP Faculty Member Earns the Balderson Lifetime Public Health Leadership Award
Bud Nicola has been honored with the 2013 Balderson Lifetime Public Health Leadership Award by the National Public Health Leadership Development Network, recognizing his tireless promotion of training programs for public health leaders.
April 16, 2013
NWCPHP faculty member and Director of the Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute, Ray (Bud) Nicola, MD, MHSA, FACP, has been honored with the 2013 Balderson Lifetime Public Health Leadership Award. The award is granted by the National Public Health Leadership Development Network (NLN) in honor of Tom Balderson, who championed public health leadership development and initiated the development of many of the leadership institutes available today.
As the Balderson Awardee, Nicola will attend the NLN Annual Conference in St. Louis, Missouri April 24–26, where the Award will be presented during the Balderson Luncheon.
Upon earning the Award, Nicola reflected, "I worked with Tom Balderson at CDC and feel very honored to be recognized by this award. It recognizes the importance of leadership in achieving our nation's population health goals".
At NWCPHP, in addition to serving as the Director of the Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute, Nicola also acts as Co-Director and Faculty for the Summer Institute for Public Health Practice, Lead Moderator for Hot Topics in Practice, and a mentor for scholars in the Public Health Management Certificate.
Nicola is an Acting Professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health in the Department of Health Services where he teaches public health management. His interests include performance management and quality improvement in public health and improving the public health system in the United States. Previously, Nicola has worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, directed the Seattle King County Health Department in Seattle, Washington, the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department in Tacoma, Washington, and worked in several local health departments in Colorado.
During the inaugural presentation of the award in 2002, family members of Tom Balderson noted "The recipient of this award should be someone who is passionate, genuine, smart, positive, loyal, and just plain easy to get along with because the man who this award is named after encompassed it all."
The NLN is a consortium of organizations and individuals from various academic, government and other practice agencies who work to advance public health leadership.