The H. Commission of the Mexican Society of Public Health has awarded Dr. Cuauhtémoc Ruiz-Matus, chief of the Comprehensive Family Immunization Unit, with the 2014 Medal for Health Excellence as an acknowledgement of his outstanding career in public health and for the indisputable contributions he has made both to the Mexican Society of Public Health and to the field of public health.

PAHO's own Dr. Cuauhtémoc Ruiz-MatusThe Medal was given to Dr. Ruiz-Matus on 19 November 2014 during the inauguration ceremony for the 67th Annual Public Health Meeting in Mérida Yucatán, Mexico, his native country. It was here that he worked with the Secretary of Health for 25 years before coming to PAHO and heading the Comprehensive Family Immunization Unit of the Family, Gender and Life Course.