In 2000, the Alliance to End Childhood Lead Poisoning, Washington, established the David P. Rall Award for Advocacy in Public Health. The award, which is made each year by the American Public Health Association (APHA), honors the achievements of David P. Rall, MD, PhD, the founding and longtime director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
The award is presented each year at the APHA annual meeting and consists of a cash prize ($1,000), an engraved plaque, a travel allowance ($500), and complimentary conference registration. The award recipient is also profiled in APHA's publication The Nation's Health.
Consideration for the award is international in scope, and nominees may work in government agencies, academic institutions, or nonprofit organizations. In selecting the recipient, priority is given to individuals at mid-career whose accomplishments have advanced health promotion and disease prevention through policy change.
The first recipient of the award was Eula Bingham, PhD, MS, former director of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Dr. Bingham was honored for her record of accomplishments in fighting to protect workers, consumers, and citizens from environmental and industrial disease. She received the award at the APHA annual meeting in Boston, Mass., in November 2000.