AHA Dick Davidson NOVA Award

AHA Dick Davidson NOVA Awards® honor effective, collaborative programs focused on improving community health status.

ACHI is an educational affiliate of the AHA NOVA Award.

The American Hospital Association honors the leadership of its member hospitals and health care systems by presenting up to five AHA NOVA Awards annually to the bright stars of the health care field that:

  • improve community health status — whether through health care, economic or social initiatives; and
  • are collaborative — joint efforts among health care systems or hospitals, or among hospitals and other community leaders and organizations.

Download the 2019 AHA NOVA Award application here.

Up to five AHA Dick Davidson NOVA Awards will be presented at the AHA Leadership Summit, July 25-27, 2019, in San Diego. Honorees will be featured in an awards publication and offered the opportunity to showcase their Aha NOVA Award achievement in their community through a local presentation of the award.

Applications are due Dec. 7, 2018, and should be emailed to nova@aha.org. We strongly encourage you to convert your application into a single PDF file to ensure all materials are seen by the AHA Dick Davidson NOVA Award Committee and to minimize the chance to distortion. The file name should include the name of the organization. Winners will be notified in April 2019.

For questions about the AHA Dick Davidson NOVA Award, please email nova@aha.org or call 312-422-2712.

2018 AHA NOVA Awards

Story on the 2018 AHA NOVA Award winners

  • Unity Center for Behavioral Health: Adventist Health, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health, and Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon
  • Annapolis Community Health Partnership: Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis, Maryland
  • Enos Park Access to Care Collaborative: HSHS St. John’s Hospital and Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, Illinois
  • kids teaching kids: Medical City Healthcare, Irving, Texas
  • Healthy Kids Express: St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri

2017 AHA NOVA Awards

Story on the 2017 AHA NOVA Award winners

  • Morrison County Community-Based Care Coordination: CHI Saint Gabriel’s Health, Little Falls, Minnesota
  • The Health and Wellness Alliance Asthma Collaboration: Children’s Health, Dallas, Texas
  • Healthy Youth Transitions: Memorial Healthcare System, Hollywood, Florida
  • Pediatric Care-A-Van: Norwegian American Hospital, Chicago, Illinois
  • Palmetto Health Dental Health Initiative: Palmetto Health, Columbia, South Carolina

2016 AHA NOVA Awards

Story on the 2016 AHA NOVA Award winners

  • Baylor Scott & White Health’s Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute at the Juanita J. Craft Recreation Center: Baylor Scott & White Health, Dallas, Texas
  • Building a Healthy Community Initiative, East Ocean View: Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System, Norfolk, Virginia
  • Memorial Hermann Mobile Dental Program: Memorial Hermann Health System, Houston, Texas
  • Spectrum Health Healthier Communities – Strong Beginnings: Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Get Healthy, Live Well: Tanner Health System, Carrollton, Georgia

2015 AHA NOVA Awards

Story on the 2015 AHA NOVA Award winners

  • Activate Whittier: PIH Health, Whittier, Calif. and Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center, Downey, Calif.
  • Bithlo Transformation Effort: Florida Hospital, Orlando, Fla.
  • Blood Pressure Advocate Program: University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, N.Y.
  • Community Health: Healthy Eating : Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Mayor’s Healthy City Initiative (Healthy BR): Baton Rouge General Medical Center, Ochsner Medical Center-Baton Rouge, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and Woman’s Hospital, Baton Rouge, La.

2014 AHA NOVA Awards

Story on the 2014 AHA NOVA Award winners

  • FirstReach: FirstHealth of the Carolinas, Pinehurst, NC
  • Children’s Hospital Center for Pediatric Medicine Asthma Action Team: Greenville Health System, Greenville, SC
  • Let’s Go!; The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center, Portland, ME
  • Hearts Beat Back: The Heart of New Ulm (HONU) Project: New Ulm Medical Center, part of Allina Health, New Ulm, MN
  • Finney County Community Health Coalition: St. Catherine Hospital, Garden City, KS

2013 AHA NOVA Awards

Story on the 2013 AHA NOVA Award winners

  • Bangor Beacon Community: EMHS, Brewer, ME and St. Joseph Healthcare, Bangor, ME
  • Chippewa Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP): St. Joseph’s Hospital, Chippewa Falls, WI
  • Core Health Program of Healthier Communities: Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Free Preventive Screenings Program: Good Samaritan Hospital, Vincennes, IN
  • Hope Clinic and Pharmacy: Ephraim McDowell Health, Danville, KY

2012 AHA NOVA Award

Story on the 2012 AHA NOVA Award winners

  • The Beth Embraces Wellness: An Integrated Approach to Prevention in the Community: Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children's Hospital of New Jersey, Newark, NJ
  • CARE Network: St. Joseph Health Queen of the Valley Medical Center, Napa, CA
  • Fitness in the City: Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Puff City: Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, MI
  • Rural Health Initiative: Shawano Medical Center of ThedaCare, Shawano, WI

2011 AHA NOVA Award

Story on the 2011 AHA NOVA Award winners

  • Emergency Department Consistent Care Program: Providence St. Peter Hospital, Olympia, WA
  • Integrated Community Nursing Program at Parkview Health: Parkview Health, Fort Wayne, IN
  • Milwaukee Health Care Partnership: Aurora Health Care, Children's Hospital & Health System, Inc., Columbia St. Mary's, and Froedtert Health, all of Milwaukee, WI, and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, Glendale, WI
  • The Diabetes Collaborative: Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
  • Rochester Youth Violence Partnership: University of Rochester Medical Center and Rochester General Health System, Rochester, NY

2010 AHA NOVA Award

Story on the 2010 AHA NOVA Award winners

  • Community-based Alternatives to the Emergency Room: Lee Memorial Health System, Fort Myers, FL
  • Health-e-Access Telemedicine-Healthcare for Children When and Where They Need It: University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
  • Healthy Futures: Munson Healthcare System, Traverse City, MI
  • Healthy San Francisco: San Francisco General Hospital, University of California Medical Center, Chinese Hospital, California Pacific Medical Center, Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, St. Mary's Medical Center, and Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco, CA
  • Pediatric Asthma Program: Sinai Health System, Chicago, IL

2009 AHA NOVA Award Recipients

Story on the 2009 AHA NOVA Award Winners

  • Student Success Jobs Program: Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Really Awesome Health (RAH) and Wholesome Routines: Duke Raleigh Hospital, Raleigh, NC
  • Taos First Steps Program: Holy Cross Hospital, Taos, NM
  • Project BRIEF: Jacobi Medical Center and North Central Bronx Hospital, Bronx, NY
  • Lighten Up 4 Life: Mission Health System, Asheville, NC

2008 AHA NOVA Award Recipients

Story on the 2008 AHA NOVA Award Winners

  • Every Child Succeeds: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH
  • Partnership for Community Health: California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, CA
  • Nutrition Center of Maine: Saint Mary’s Health System, Lewiston, ME
  • ENERGIZE!: WakeMed Health & Hospitals, Raleigh, NC
  • Memorial Hermann Health Centers for Schools: Memorial Hermann, Houston, TX

2007 AHA NOVA Award Recipients

Please contact the AHA Office of the Secretary at nova@aha.org for copies of this award publication.

  • Medical-Legal Partnership for Children: Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA
  • NOW (Nutritional Options for Wellness) Program: Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Richland Care: Palmetto Health, Columbia, SC
  • Trauma Nurses Talk Tough: Legacy Health System, Portland, OR
  • UMass Memorial Medical Center Healthy Youth Development Initiative: UMass Memorial Health Care, Worcester, MA
  • Youth Health Partnership-Patee Market Youth Dental Clinic: Heartland Health, St. Joseph, MO

2006 AHA NOVA Award Recipients

Please contact the AHA Office of the Secretary at nova@aha.org for copies of this award publication.

  • Healthy Learners: Sisters of Charity Providence Hospitals, Columbia, SC; Allendale County Hospital, Fairfax, SC; McLeod Medical Center, Dillon, SC; and Self Regional Healthcare, Greenwood, SC
  • Primary Care Access Network (PCAN): Health Central, Ocoee, FL; Florida Hospital, Winter Park, FL; and Orlando Regional Healthcare, Orlando, FL
  • ProHealth Care Community Health Outreach Initiative: ProHealth Care, Waukesha, WI
  • Saint Joseph Mobile Health Services: Saint Joseph Healthcare Inc., Lexington, KY
  • Yonkers Childhood Health Initiative: St. John's Riverside Hospital, Yonkers, NY

2005 AHA NOVA Award Recipients

Please contact the AHA Office of the Secretary at nova@aha.org for copies of this award publication.

  • Children's Health Initiative: McKay-Dee Hospital Center, Ogden, UT
  • Palmetto Health's Vision Health Initiative: Palmetto Health, Columbia, SC
  • Project Dulce, Whittier Institute for Diabetes: Scripps Health, San Diego, CA
  • Toledo/Lucas County CareNet: Mercy Health Partners, ProMedica Health System, and Medical University of Ohio, all of Toledo, OH, and St. Luke's Hospital, Maumee, OH
  • Volunteer Health Advisor Program: Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge, MA

See 1994-2004 AHA NOVA Award Recipients

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