About 40 Under 40

What is 40 Under 40 in Public Health?

40 Under 40 in Public Health, an initiative of the de Beaumont Foundation, is the first list of its type to specifically recognize rising leaders in public health who are strengthening communities with new ideas, creative problem-solving, and innovative solutions. The first class of 40 Under 40 was released in 2019. 

Members of the first class of 40 Under 40 report that 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, leading public health organizations., 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. 

Many lists recognize young leaders in health care, but not specifically public health. The de Beaumont Foundation created 40 Under 40 to showcase 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. 

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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 are not accepted, but applicants are required to provide two references as part of the application. 

40 Under 40 applicants are 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 their state or local public health department. 

Applications are 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 about the 40 Under 40 program, contact Brittany Giles-Cantrell, Senior Program Officer, at 40under40@debeaumont.org.