The Board of Directors of the American Medical Association Political Action Committee (AMPAC) presents the Belle Chenault Award for Political Participation every two years to recognize physician spouses for their volunteer activities in state or federal political campaigns.
The Belle Chenault Award was established in 1990 and is awarded every two years by the AMPAC Board of Directors to the AMPAC/AMA Alliance member who has made significant personal contributions of time and talent in assisting friends of medicine in their quest for elective office at the federal and state level.
The award was named for Belle Montgomery Chenault, a former AMA Auxiliary member of the AMPAC Board of Directors, who encouraged political contributions on behalf of medicine. Belle Chenault passed away on April 21, 2003. Her passion, courage and determination to serve the family of medicine lives on in those who strive to emulate her excellence.
Each state is encouraged to submit a nominee for state-wide recognition and consideration for the national award; state PACs may forward one nominee each. The nominees must be AMPAC and AMA Alliance members for both years of a two year election cycle. You can download the criteria for the 2013 Belle Chenault Award here.