Public Health Week


Public Health Week is April 3-9, 2017.

The 15th Annual Public Health Recognition Awards will be presented on Tuesday, April 4, at 11:30 a.m. in room 103 of the Washington Street Conference Center in downtown Hillsboro. We'll be presenting awards in the following categories. Stay tuned for updated information on the honorees!

  • The "Public Health Ambassador Award" recognizes an individual, family or small group in the community who has raised awareness of public health issues, developed projects with a lasting impact, and/or influenced systems or policy changes.
  • The "Partner in Public Health Award" recognizes an organization/business that has developed innovative public health programs that positively affect its employees and/or the community at large.
  • The "Emerging Public Health Leader Award" recognizes a youth or youth-related group that promotes healthy communities and making healthy lifestyle choices.
  • The "Washington County Employee Award" recognizes an exemplary Washington County staff member who has gone above and beyond his or her regular work responsibilities to make a difference in public health.

Past Honorees:

  • 2003: Helen Emmons, RN; ¡Salud!
  • 2004: Lorene Piontkowski, RN; Forest Grove Family Resource Center
  • 2005: Roberto Varona; Pacific Univ. School of Physician Assistant Studies
  • 2006: Jan Larsen, RN, BSN; TriMet
  • 2007: Susan Greathouse, RD/LD, MPH, IBCLC; Essential Health Clinic
  • 2008: Loaves and Fishes Centers
  • 2009: Lisa Vincent; Community Action Organization, Opening Doors
  • 2010: Michelle Brady, RN, BSN; Adelante Mujeres, Adelante Agricultura
  • 2011: Marilyn Hickman, RN, BSN, BC; Providence Infections Disease Consultants
  • 2012: Paul Hudak; Community Action Early Head Start and Coffee Creek Correctional Facility
  • 2013: Michelle Rodriguez; Tigard Turns the Tide
  • 2014: Kaely Summers, Sonrise Church, Sierra Studnick, Sue Omel
  • 2015: Herb Lommen, Tualatin Park and Recreation District and FamilyCare, Inc., Rebels for a Cause, Adam Knapp
  • 2016: Rachel Parker; Fran Jensen and Nancy Winston; Century High School Student Health Advisory Council; Cynthia Valdivia

Check out our video for a look behind the scenes at Washington County Public Health.