About 40 Under 40

What is 40 Under 40 in Public Health?

40 Under 40 in Public Health is the first list of its type to specifically recognize young leaders in public health who are strengthening communities with new ideas, creative problem-solving, and innovative solutions. The first class of 40 Under 40 in Public Health was released in 2019, and the next class will be announced in the fall of 2021. 

Members of the first class of 40 Under 40 say their participation has helped them advance their careers, learn from their peers, build a robust professional network, and improve the impact of their work. All honorees receive: 

  • National recognition through national and regional media, public health associations, and social media. 
  • Opportunities to network with other young professionals and public health pioneers, including current and former 40 Under 40 honorees. 
  • Professional development opportunities, which may include writing, speaking, and contributing to national philanthropic initiatives. 

There are many lists that recognize young leaders in health care, but not specifically public health. The de Beaumont Foundation created 40 Under 40 to showcase young public health leaders and highlight solutions and innovations that are improving the health of communities across the country. The professionals chosen for 40 Under 40 in Public Health embody the values of collaboration, creativity, and innovation.

To be selected for 40 Under 40 in Public Health, applicants must be: 

  • Actively working as a public health professional. 
  • A current state or local government public health employee, OR someone who partners closely with a state or local health department to improve public health. (“State or local” applies to departments in states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories; tribal departments; and county and city departments). 
  • Younger than 40 years of age as of December 31, 2021. 

Applications for 2021 are now closed. But when applying, previous applicants can use an existing account. New applicants will need to create new account. 

There are no nominations for 40 Under 40 in Public Health. However, we encourage you to share the application with anyone who you think would be a good fit. 

Applicants must submit an online form with a series of questions, including five open-ended questions. The application also requires two references

Letters of recommendation will not be accepted. Applicants will be required to provide two references within the application. 

40 Under 40 applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria: 

  • Contributions to their organization, community, and the public health field. 
  • Demonstrated leadership in their organization. 
  • Collaboration within their organization, community organizations, other sectors, and/or other partners. 
  • Focus on advancing policy solutions and/or engaging leaders and members in your community. 
  • Creative problemsolving – applying new and innovative ideas to improve public health. 
  • Commitment and vision for their organization, community, and/or state or local public health department. 

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of judges appointed by the de Beaumont Foundation, with the Foundation making the final selections based on the judges’ scoring. 

No. The 40 Under 40 honorees have no obligation to the de Beaumont Foundation, but they are encouraged to participate in 40 Under 40 networking events and other opportunities.

For questions regarding the 40 Under 40, please contact Brittany Giles-Cantrell, Senior Program Officer, at 40under40@debeaumont.org.