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Pandemic Heroism Award


The COVID-19 Pandemic Heroism Award was created to recognize exceptional, dedicated work and selfless responses in the face of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This award recognizes service that advanced the IHS mission and vision through work focused on the aims and objectives in the IHS COVID-19 Action Plan:

  1. Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
  2. Detect Cases of COVID-19
  3. Treat COVID-19 Cases and Sustain Regular Operations
  4. Manage Resources
  5. Provide Comprehensive Situational Awareness of COVID-19 Activities


All IHS employees or team of employees, including Tribal employees and contractors. Teams may consist of employees from the same organization or from a number of different organizations.


  • Exceptional initiative and leadership in carrying out COVID-19 activities or projects to improve the quality of care and the service delivery processes
  • Innovative efforts to solve problems/address issues that related to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Unusual acts of competence, compassion, or heroism during the COVID-19 pandemic