Spero Manson Receives 2021 Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award

I am delighted to share with you that Spero M. Manson PhD, today received the 2021 Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award. Manson received this prestigious recognition for his outstanding contributions to American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) health by increasing resources, improving research and training, and elevating the quality of health services to tribal communities.

Manson is a leading authority on American Indian and Alaska Native health. He is best known for improving the health and well-being of AI/AN people. Manson was recognized today for his outstanding contributions to AI/AN health by increasing resources, improving research and training, and elevating the quality of health services to tribal communities. Throughout his career, Manson has addressed the challenge of bringing culturally appropriate health education, grounded in evidence from community-participatory methods, to address the challenges faced by AI/AN communities.

Manson is a distinguished professor and the Colorado Trust Chair in American Indian Health at the Colorado School of Public Health, at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus where he directs the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health.

Martha Katz, MPA, chair of the James F. and Sarah T. Fries Foundation board of directors, noted that it’s critical that all people have the opportunity to live their healthiest lives. Manson’s commitment and passion to improving the health and well-being of American Indian and Alaska Native people is evident in all he does.

This year’s award was presented virtually to Manson at the annual meeting of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SOPHE made the decision to hold this year’s annual conference virtually.

The Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award recognizes a health educator who has made a substantial contribution to advancing the field of health education or health promotion through research, program development or program delivery. Award recipients receive a $25,000 prize.

The CDC Foundation is honored to partner with the James F. and Sarah T. Fries Foundation, which established and funds the Fries Prize for Improving Health and the Elizabeth Fries Health Education awards. The CDC Foundation manages and administers the Fries Foundation’s public health award programs.



Diana Robelotto
Diana Robelotto Scalera is the director of alumni affairs for the CDC Foundation.