Lou Wooster Public Health Hero Award



Lou Wooster Public Health Hero Award 
Life of Louise Wooster - April 9th
5:30 - 7 PM at Vulcan Park

Ceremony & Breakfast
Friday, April 10, 2015
Breakfast: 8:00 - 9:30 AM
Ryals Public Health Building, Room 107




About the Award

The Lou Wooster Public Health Hero Award presented annually to recognize individuals, groups, or organizations who are unconventional public health hero. The award is named in honor of Lou Wooster, the 19th century Birmingham madam who risked her own death by staying in the city to care for the sick and dying during the 1873 cholera epidemic. Her courage went a long way toward assuring there was a Birmingham for the leadership to come back to. When she died in May 1913, hundreds of empty black carriages drove by the funeral home to pay respects to a local hero. Recipients are driven by a horse drawn carriage from the School of Public Health to Oak Hill Cemetery where Lou Wooster is buried.


Previous Winners

  • State Representative Patricia Todd (2007)
  • Dr. Herman Taylor, Director of the Jackson Heart Study (2008)
  • Mr. John Archibald, columnist and social commentator with the Birmingham News (2009)
  • American Electric Power (2010)
  • Frank Stitt, executive chef of fine local dining establishments such as Highlands Bar & Grill, Chez Fonfon, and Bottega Restaurant (2011)
  • VF Corporation (2012)  
  • Birmingham City Council (2013)
  • Cooking Light Magazine (2014)