The Public Health Service Citation Ribbon honors PHSCC members who carry out a noteworthy feat on behalf of the Public Health Service.
The United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (PHSCC) is the United States Public Health Service’s federal uniformed branch of service and falls under the aegis of the Department of Health and Human Services, led by the Surgeon General. The PHSCC traces its roots back to the establishment of the Marine Hospital Fund in 1798, which provided for the care of merchant sailors. Currently, the PHSCC is headquartered in Rockville, Maryland. The PHSCC grants certain awards to its members to acknowledge meritorious service or accomplishments.
The center of the ribbon features three thin vertical salmon stripes separated by four thinner white ones, followed by a thin blue stripe, a thin white stripe, and a slightly thicker maroon stripe proceeding outward.