Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz Award Nomination Form

The Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz Humanism in Healthcare Award is presented annually to a woman who exemplifies humanism and has advanced, through her scholarship, advocacy, leadership or work, the well-being of vulnerable or underserved populations in the healthcare arena.

The award was established in 2014 thanks to a generous gift from Dr. Ronald Arky, Daniel D. Federman Professor of Medicine and Medical Education at the Harvard Medical School.

Nominations for the 2019 Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz Humanism in Healthcare Award are due December 7, 2018.


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Nominee Criteria

  • The individual must be female.
  • The individual must have a history of health-focused advocacy work targeting underserved communities. Although healthcare is the focus, work may cut across other sectors, such as education, social services, research, policymaking and legislation, community mobilization, activism, etc.
  • The individual must be extensively involved and currently active in her advocacy work.
  • The award is focused on women who are mid-career in their work as well as those who have already been recognized as accomplished advocates.
  • Nominees do not need to have a professional degree.
  • Previously nominated individuals may be nominated again.

Section 1: Your information















Section 2: Nominee Information

Please nominate one individual. Submit by December 7, 2018.













  • Provide specific examples and accomplishments that exhibit the nominee’s humanistic characteristics as they relate to the qualities below. If possible, include quotes and anecdotes describing the nominee’s qualities. (1500 words)
    • Shows a high level of compassion and empathy
    • Demonstrates respect, sensitivity and appreciation for individuals’ social, cultural and economic background
    • Is viewed by friends/peers/colleagues as a strong voice for the underserved
    • Displays concern for the general welfare of the community and engages in volunteer activities
    • Demonstrates a high level of personal ethics