CHPAMS established the Inspiration Award in August 2016 to recognize members’ extraordinary determination to challenge the “status quo”, overcome significant barriers and achieve accomplishments in scientific research, community service, or innovative activities that are above and beyond the expectation. The 2016 Inspiration Award was granted to Dr. Youfa Wang, the founding Dean of the Xi’an Jiaotong University Global Health Institute, Associate Director of the Fisher Institute, John and Janice Fisher Endowed Chair in Wellness, and Professor of Nutrition and Health Science, Ball State University.

In October 2017, CHPAMS started the nomination process for the 2017 Inspirational Award. A five-member Award Selection Committee was formed, made up of CHPAMS President Dr. Zhuo (Adam) Chen and four distinguished researchers. We received highly qualified nominations for the Award.  After deliberation, the Committee agreed that the nominees, although strong candidates, fell short of meeting the high expectation for the distinguished Inspiration Award. Therefore, the Committee regretfully chose not to select an awardee for the 2017 CHPAMS Inspiration Award.

We thank all nominations and participations and look forward to receiving and evaluating future submissions in the coming years.