The C. Everett Koop National Health Awards recognize outstanding worksite health promotion and improvement programs. Each year, awards are presented by The Health Project’s leadership to winning organizations as part of the HERO Forum.
One of the unique and important requirements of the Koop Awards is that winners are able to document results, both in terms of health improvement and economic impact. The projects must answer the questions: what was done; did it work; and was it worth it.
Through its tradition of awarding programs with demonstrated health improvements coupled with cost savings, The Health Project has been instrumental in promoting the measurement and evaluation of evidence-based workplace health promotion programs.
Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2023 awards. Winners will be announced in September.
Koop Awards Criteria
Before beginning the application, please confirm that your program has met the following criteria:
- The program meets The Health Project’s goal of improving population health by helping individuals change unhealthy behaviors and reducing health risks,
- The program shows it has worked to establish a culture of health at the workplace and/or in the community,
- The program offers good value for the money spent investing in these programs.
Q1. Is there an application submission fee?
A1. No, there is no fee to apply.
Q2. Will the information reported and submitted in the application be kept private and confidential (i.e., not shared with any members of the public)?
A2. Yes, applications are kept confidential. However, for winners of the Koop Award, we do publish their application along with the positive feedback provided by the reviewers. One of The Health Project’s mission is to spotlight exemplary programs so that other employers may draw on them for inspiration for their own programs. Winners will be able to edit out any proprietary information from their application prior to posting it for public consumption.
Q3. When will winners be notified, and when will winners be announced?
A3. The winners are notified in July of each year and public announcements are made in September.
Q4. Is there a common source available or recommendations provided to applicants regarding independent third-party evaluation assistance on preparing and documenting the economic value of their programs?
A4. No, we have no specific recommendations for independent third-party evaluators – most often, applications are submitted by the organization itself (using internal resources). But there are occasions that universities, consulting firms, and vendors have assisted in the preparation of the application. All we ask is that those organizations be disclosed as contributing to the application.
Q5. As a former recipient of the Koop Award who is planning on re-applying, what are the rules for reusing content from the previous application on the current application, specifically regarding the description about the organization and the program?
A5. If nothing substantial has changed, then you can reuse prior content. However, you may wish to highlight new developments in program design and implementation, if applicable; for example describing innovations and adaptations introduced during the Covid-19 pandemic. The key, as always, is sharing data demonstrating health improvement and relevant business results.