Evans F. Houghton Award

Recognizes exemplary performance in, and significant contributions to, the field of healthcare public relations, marketing and communications.

While NESHCo acknowledges the many healthcare professionals who skillfully perform their duties every day, the Evans F. Houghton award is designed to reward those contributions that rise ‘above and beyond’ the norm. 

Award criteria

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Who Should be Nominated

There are four general categories for which nominees can be considered for the Evans Houghton Award. While it is not a requirement for nominees to be “exemplary” in all areas, nominations are strengthened when evidence is presented that shows “above and beyond” performance in multiple categories.

Contributions (in scope and time) to NESHCo

This section examines the contributions that a nominee has made to the organization, either in a leadership role or as a participant in NESHCo.

Contributions, exemplary performance in healthcare PR, marketing and communications

On local, state and/or national level. This category recognizes nominees who have made significant contributions to further the profession.

Accessibility/support to PR, communications & marketing practitioners w/out thought of personal gain

This section examines how the nominee has given back to the profession in ways such as teaching and mentoring that are not part of her/his expected job responsibilities.

Challenged herself/himself and peers

This category recognizes nominees who have pioneered new approaches to PR, marketing and communications or have contributed to ethical or procedural changes that have elevated the profession and have demonstrated that he/she boldly challenged herself/himself and peers to excel and meet the highest standards of conduct, professionalism and performance.

All nominations are reviewed by a panel of past Evans Houghton Award recipients and overseen by the NESHCo Board of Directors. 

Nomination submission deadline for the 2020 Award is March 30, 2020

Nominations are accepted at any time.

All applications must be submitted as a package and must include the following components:


Application: Click below to download. Complete applications should be emailed to Jenn Gervais, admin@neshco.org by the deadline above.


Recommendations: Two written recommendations, preferably with one from the candidate’s CEO or direct, executive-level supervisor.


Justification: A detailed narrative justifying the nominee’s credentials for the award.


In addition to required elements, you may want to include the following Support Materials:

Nominations are strengthened when accompanied by materials such as a resume, biography, press clippings, list of accomplishments, and awards.

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