Lou Fuller Award for Distinguished Service in Eliminating Health Disparities

For individuals or groups who have made a significant contribution to the elimination of health disparities in Minnesota

The Lou Fuller Award for Distinguished Service in Eliminating Health Disparities is given to an individual or organization who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to eliminating health disparities in populations of color and American Indians.

This award was created in 2012 to honor the memory of Minnesota Department of Health employee Lou Fuller, the first director of the MDH Office of Minority and Multicultural Health. Ms. Fuller spoke passionately about the vast racial and ethnic health disparities that exist in Minnesota, noting it unacceptable that such vast disparities could exist in one of the healthiest states in the nation. She turned her passion into action by promoting research, strategies, and public policies to reduce the gaps in such areas as infant mortality, chronic disease, teen pregnancy, and women's health. Lou's collaborative efforts focused on improving health status for populations of color and American Indians, thereby strengthening the health of Minnesotans as a whole population.


Eligibility for the award is open to community organizations, elected officials, local and tribal CHS staff, volunteers and state health staff.

Past Award Winners

2015 MaoHeu Thao, St. Paul-Ramsey Public Health
2014 Vacharee Peterson, Community Dental Care
2013 Laura Waterman Wittstock, First Person Radio, KFAI-FM
2012 Wilhelmina Holder, Women's Initiative for Self-Empowerment