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About the Fries Foundation

The James F. and Sarah T. Fries Foundation is a nonprofit corporation incorporated in 1991.

The mission of the Foundation is to identify and honor individuals, organizations, or institutions which have made great contributions to the health of the public.

The Foundation seeks to reward accomplishment rather than promise, practicality rather than theory.

Both the Fries Prize for Improving Health and the Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award are awarded for outstanding achievements as determined by the Selection Jury, and are conferred yearly.


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Board of Directors

James F. Fries, MD
Sarah Tilton Fries, MPH (hon)
Kenneth E. Fries, Esq
Gregory Fries
Viktor Bovbjerg, PhD
Martha Katz, MPA

Advisory Board

Janet Fries
Catherine Tozi Fries, MSN
Marit Kington Bovbjerg, PhD

Administrative Assistant

Lin Brutvan


Diana Laurent, MPH