Public Heath Recognition Award

Started by the Delaware Academy of Medicine in 2010, the Executive Director’s Public Health Recognition Award is given to a Delaware nonprofit organization who has shown outstanding leadership and dedication to the improvement of our community.

The 2017 recipient of the Executive Director’s Public Health Recognition Award is

The American Lung Association
of the Mid-Atlantic and
President and CEO, Deborah P. Brown, MS, BS


The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. Its work is focused on five strategic imperatives:

1) to defeat lung cancer
2) to improve the air we breathe
3) to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families
4) to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases
5) to accelerate fundraising and enhance organizational effectiveness to support the urgency of our mission.

For more than 110 years, the American Lung Association has been America’s leading force for lung health successfully tapping into America’s spirit of community that inspires us to work together for better health and longer life for all.


Deborah P. Brown has been with the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic for 34 years. She holds a BS degree in Public Health from West Chester University and an MS degree in Health Education from St. Joseph’s University. She has been a Certified Health Education Specialist since 1993.

Brown began her career as a health educator responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of adult and pediatric lung disease programs. She was later promoted to the position as program director, vice president of advocacy, mission and communication before being appointed president and CEO. She oversees an $11 million budget for a six state and District of Columbia region, along with more than 50 employees.

Her past experiences have included working on advocacy issues in the areas of tobacco, asthma, school health and healthcare. Passage of Delaware’s Clean Indoor Air Act in 2002, the second comprehensive law in the country, is among her major accomplishments. Since then she has been involved in passage of the Pennsylvania Clean Indoor Air law, anti idling legislation, and numerous environmental campaigns at both the state and federal levels. She has served as the chairperson for coalitions and partnerships throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Brown has written curriculum and lesson plans for various health education programs and has developed and implemented training programs for school personnel throughout Mid-Atlantic Region. She also has extensive background in grant writing.

Previous recipients of the Public Health Recognition Award

2010:     The Heart Truth Delaware

2011:     Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition

2012:     Immunization Coalition of Delaware

2013:     St. Michael’s School and Nursery

2014:     Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 83, Gold Star Program

2015:     Gift of Life Donor Program

2016: The Honorable Jack Markell, Governor of Delaware 2009-2017