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Society for Public Health Education's
"Lawrence W. Green Paper of the Year"

The Lawrence W. Green Paper of the Year recognizes one paper published in Health Education & Behavior during the preceding year that is judged by the Editor-in-Chief, Associate Editors, and Editorial Board of the journal as exemplifying the highest level of scholarship and making a singularly important contribution to the literature of the field. The award carries a $1,000 cash prize and is presented each year at the Society for Public Health Education Annual Meeting Awards Ceremony Gala.


The paper is named for Lawrence W. Green (1940- ), whose long and distinguished career has included teaching posts on the faculties of the University of California, Berkeley (where he received his MPH and DrPH degrees), Johns Hopkins University, Harvard University, University of Texas at Houston, University of British Columbia, and the University of California at San Francisco. Dr. Green also served as the first director of the U.S. Office of Health Information, Health Promotion, and Physical Fitness and Sports Medicine in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health and later became a vice president and director of the National Health Promotion Program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. He later served as Distinguished Fellow/Visiting Scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where he was director of the CDC-World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Global Tobacco Control and the Office of Science & Extramural Research of the CDC Public Health Practice Program Office. The author of a voluminous corpus of published scholarship, he is renowned for his PRECEDE-PROCEED Model, which has been used throughout the world to guide health program intervention design, implementation, and evaluation. Dr. Green is a past president and distinguished fellow the Society for Public Health Education and a member of the Institute of Medicine. He served in editorial capacities for both of Health Education & Behavior’s prior titles as editor of Health Education Monographs from 1973 to 1975 and as an Editorial Board member of Health Education Quarterly from 1982 to 1984. Since 1988, Dr. Green has remained an insightful and guiding member of the journal’s Advisory Board of Editors Emeriti. 


The fund that supports the Paper of the Year Award was established in 1995 through a generous gift from SAGE Publications. The award was renamed the Lawrence W. Green Paper of the Year Award by the Board of Trustees of the Society for Public Health Education in 2004 to honor Dr. Green’s enduring contributions to the scholarship of health education and to the Society.


-John Allegrante, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, Health Education and Behavior

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