PCCHA Recognition Awards

The call for awards nominations is now closed and will open around November 1.

Ruby Rich Burgar Award For Outstanding Service to College Health and PCCHA

The Ruby Rich Burgar Award was established in 1977 to recognize individuals with long, continuous, and outstanding service to college health and the Pacific Coast College Health Association. Named for Ruby Rich Burgar, Executive Director of PCCHA from 1977‐1988, this award represents the highest recognition given by the Pacific Coast College Health Association and continues to honor Ms. Burgar who passed away in 1996.  This award is presented at the PCCHA Regional Conference in October.

Ruby Rich Burgar Nomination Instructions

Congratulations to the 2018 Ruby Rich Burgar Award Winner


The Ruby Rich Burgar Award was established in 1977 to recognize individuals with long, continuous, and outstanding service to college health and the Pacific Coast College Health Association. Named for Ruby Rich Burgar, Executive Director of PCCHA from 1977‐1988, this award represents the highest recognition given by PCCHA and continues to honor Ms. Burgar who passed away in 1996. The 2018 Ruby Rich Burgar Award goes to Cathy Kodama, MPH.

For over 35 years, as Director of Health Promotion at the University of California, Berkeley (University Health Services), Ms. Kodama has collaborated with students, colleagues, city officials, and the public to innovatively pioneer and execute various college health initiatives, some of which have been adopted and implemented by other schools in the University of California system. Early in her career, Ms. Kodama led the development of one of the nation’s first college-based HIV prevention programs. A number of college-health service awards have been bestowed on Ms. Kodama, and other accomplishments include leading and working on numerous grant-funded mental health, HIV, and drug/alcohol prevention and intervention programs. Ms. Kodama served as president of PCCHA in 2004-2005, and she has volunteered and had leadership roles in other college-health organizations.

Ms. Kodama is described by her nominator as an inquisitive “woman of utmost integrity” who has “been a tireless champion for diversity, equity and inclusion issues” in the college-health arena. Please join us in congratulating Ms. Kodama for her impactful and passionate career in college-health!

Golden Gull Award for Best Practices in College Health

The Golden Gull Award was established by PCCHA in 2001 to recognize exemplary, innovative, and inspirational practices or programs within 4 areas of college health: clinical services, consumer services, counseling services, and health education and promotion services. This award encourages the creation of programs to improve college health practices and advance the health of students. The Golden Gull Award is presented at the PCCHA Regional Conference in October.

Golden Gull Award Nomination Instructions

The Affiliate New Professional Award

This award recognizes a PCCHA member who has worked in the field of college health for 5 years or less and has made a significant contribution to his or her institution and/or PCCHA. Candidates for the award must have a current individual ACHA membership. The Affiliate New Professional Award is presented at the ACHA National Conference in the spring.

Affiliate New Professional Award Nomination Instructions