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CPH Oustanding Alumni Award

2014-2015 Call for Nominations

The University of Kentucky Outstanding Alumni Awards program was established in 2013, in conjunction with the 10th Anniversary of the College.  The award recognizes UK CPH graduates who have made outstanding contributions at the local, state, regional, national and/or international level in public health or healthcare leadership.  The alumni award may honor emergin professionals (degrees earned within the past 6 years) and/or more senior alumni.

CPH Outstanding Alumni Award recipient(s) will be invited to return to the College of Public Health as distinguished guests to discuss a topic related to their discipline and to meet with students and faculty.

Selection Criteria

The selection panel will evaluate candidates for outstanding contributions made at the local, state, regional, national and/or international level in public health or healthcare leadership. The alumni award may honor emerging professionals (degrees earned within the past 6 years) and/or more senior alumni. Postgraduate involvement with the College of Public Health will be considered (e.g. student mentoring, guest lectures, internships).


Must have completed a formal degree program previously or presently offered by academic units that now are incorporated within the College of Public Health.


Nominations for 2014 awards should be submitted by mail, email, or fax on or before August 15, 2014.


If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact either Scot McIntosh or Dr. Martha Riddell.

2013-2014 CPH Outstanding Alumnus

Dr. Yousuf J. AhmadYousuf J. Ahmad, DrPH, MHSA, MBA, FACHE
Dr. Yousuf J. Ahmad is the President and CEO of Mercy Health in Cincinnati, a division of Catholic Health Partner (CHP). Prior to this role, he was the Senior Vice President and Chief Network Transformation Officer for the Central Division of CHP. He has the responsibility to transform the delivery and implementation of primary and specialty care throughout the Central Division including physician offices, hospitals, home health, long-term care, and other services.  Dr. Ahmad also lead the Mercy Health market in preparing for healthcare reform initiatives including the development and execution of the region’s first and only Accountable Care Organization (ACO), the advancement of its Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) project, and Population Health Management. He provides executive oversight over key services lines and Mercy Health Physicians and serves on its Advisory Board. 

Dr. Ahmad joined CHP in 2004 as Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer (CIO) for its Southwest Ohio region, Mercy Health Partners. Shortly thereafter, he assumed the roles of Divisional Senior Vice President for the Cincinnati and Springfield markets of CHP and President of Mercy Health Physicians. He has extensive experience in the areas of managed care, multi-specialty group practice, hospitals, and integrated delivery health system.

Dr. Ahmad is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), a Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) in the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE) an active member of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), and American Public Health Association (APHA).  

Dr. Ahmad holds a Doctorate in Public Health from the University of Kentucky, a Masters of Health Administration and a Masters of Business Administration from Xavier University.