Golden Apple Award

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All HVO supporters are dedicated to the mission of sharing their knowledge and skills with faculty, students, and clinicians at HVO sites. There are, on occasion, HVO contributors – volunteers, donors, members, onsite contacts, and other partners – who make an exceptional contribution to HVO’s mission.

The purpose of the Golden Apple Award, established by the HVO Board of Directors in 2006, is to recognize extraordinary contribution to HVO’s mission, organization, and/or project sites. The award recognizes work in curriculum development, faculty mentorship, students, clinicians, or fellow volunteers, didactic or clinical training, development of education resources, leadership and/or extraordinary contribution to the sustainability, and effectiveness of HVO.

Each year, HVO issues a call for nominations. Anyone who knows of an HVO contributor’s work is welcome to nominate them for the recognition. Below are the guidelines:

  • No self-nominations.
  • Recipients of the award from the previous year are not eligible.
  • Nominations are accepted for volunteers who have served in any year.
  • To see the list of honorees, click here.
  • The nomination period for the 2024 Golden Apple Award is CLOSED


When the nomination period has closed, a committee of HVO Board members and previous Golden Apple recipients review the nominees and confirm who will be honored.

On World Health Day (April 7th), HVO announces the recipients of the award to honor their contribution to global health and draw attention to the need for these contributions. Recipients will also receive a Certificate of Appreciation, as well as recognition on HVO’s website and Annual Report.

Click here to see who has received the Golden Apple.