The Public Health Service National Emergency Preparedness Award Medal honors PHSCC members who carry out a consecutive two-year term of service with a unit assigned to duties involving emergency medical assistance.
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 medal features the PHSCC emblem encircled by an inscription reading “PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE - UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.” The ribbon is bisected by a vertical red stripe flanked on either side by a thin white stripe, a green stripe, and a thin stripe each of white, maroon, blue, and yellow proceeding outward.