Public Heath Recognition Award

Started by the Delaware Academy of Medicine in 2010, the 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 2016 recipient of the Public Health Recognition Award is

The Honorable Jack Markell

Jack Markell was born and raised in Newark, Delaware and graduated from Newark High School with his wife, Carla. He went on to receive an undergraduate degree in economics and development studies from Brown University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Governor Markell is a Henry Crown Fellow and a Rodel Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He resides in Wilmington with his wife. Their two children, Molly and Michael are in their 20’s. The family has a mixed-breed dog, Rue. 

Governor Markell has served as Governor of Delaware since 2009, after being elected in 2008 (67% of the vote) and re-elected in 2012 (69%). He is term-limited and will complete his time as Governor in January 2017.

During his tenure, according to Gallup, Delaware has gone “from one of the lowest-ranking states (in terms of job creation) in 2008 and 2009 to one of the top-ranking in 2013 and 2014. Delaware holds the distinction of being the only state anywhere along the Eastern seaboard to be in the top 10.”

Governor Markell has also led an effort, with the support of hospitals, health care professionals, institutions of higher education and other stakeholders to move Delaware’s health care system from a fee for service model to one focused on achieving high-quality and lower-cost. 

Governor Markell has promoted quality of life initiatives that include major investments in libraries and bicycle and walking paths. Delaware has moved from 31st to 3rd in the annual rankings of bicycle-friendly states by the League of American Bicyclists. The state also reduced dirty air emissions faster than any other state, serving as a national model for improving the environmental through efforts that also boost the economy. Governor Markell has been recognized by his fellow governors, having been elected to serve as Chair of both the Democratic Governors Association and the National Governors Association. In the latter role, he chose as his chair’s initiative “A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities.” He has also served for three years as Chair of the National Board of Directors of Jobs for America’s Graduates, co-chair of the Common Core Standards Initiative, and Chair of the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League.

Prior to being elected Governor, Jack was elected three times as Delaware’s State Treasurer. 

Governor Markell began his career in the private sector helping lead the wireless technology revolution as the 13th employee at Nextel (a name he coined), where he served as Senior Vice President for Corporate Development, responsible for hundreds of merger and acquisition transactions, equity financings (including the company’s IPO) and strategic planning. His other business experience includes a senior management position at Comcast Corporation, work as an associate at McKinsey and Company and as a banker at First Chicago Corporation. 

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