Cumming Award

The Cumming Award is named in honor of former Surgeon General Dr. Hugh S. Cumming, USPHS. It is presented for outstanding contributions in public health engineering and science. The plaque was first awarded in 2000.

Criteria: Most outstanding contribution in public health engineering and science.

Eligibility: OPDIV organizations of the U.S. Public Health Service.

Please contact your chain of command for information about the Uniformed Service Awards nomination process.  SAME provides a formal ceremony for recipients.



Past Cumming Award Recipients:

  • 2015 National Park Service Public Health Policy Writing Subcommittees
  • 2014 Data Collection Team-Housing Inventory Data System, Sanitation Facilities Construction Program, Indian Health Service
  • 2012 Barrow and Nome, Alaska Replacement Hospitals Unique Tribal/Federal Partnerships Indian Health Service
  • 2011 National Park Service Office of Public Health Field Services Branch
  • 2010 Sanitation Facilities Construction Program
  • 2009 HydroCoil Embolization System Working Group
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • 2008 National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
    Engineering and Physical Hazards Branch
  • 2007 Engineer Officers in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparation and Response
  • 2006 USPHS Officers on EPA Assignments Serving in the U.S. Pacific Territories
  • 2005 Rural Utility Cooperative Demonstration Project, Alaska National Tribal Health Consortium
  • 2004 Readiness and Response Group - Engineers and Environmental Health Officers, Office of Force Readiness and Deployment
  • 2003 Office of Public Health National Park Service
  • 2002 Indian Health Service Sanitation Facilities, Construction Program Headquarters, Rockville, MD
  • 2001 The World Trade Center and Anthrax Response Team, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services
  • 2000 The Dover Township Water Distribution System Modeling Team, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, in collaberation with the Georgia Institute of Technology Civil Engineering Department and the US Environmental Protection Agency