Public Health Week

Public Health Awards 2016
Public Health Week was April 4-10, 2016. The 14th Annual Public Health Recognition Awards were presented on April 5 in the Public Services Building cafeteria. We also unveiled our new video. Check it out for a look behind the scenes at Washington County Public Health.

This year's honorees:

  • The "Public Health Ambassador Award" recognizes an individual 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 award was presented to Rachel Parker for her tireless dedication and commitment to improving the lives and health outcomes for all Washington County youth.

  • 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 award was presented to Fran Jensen and Nancy Winston for their compassionate work through Bethel Congregational UCC and other partners to provide nutritional and emotional support to homeless youth.

  • The "Emerging Public Health Leader Award" recognizes a youth or youth-related group that promotes healthy communities and making healthy lifestyle choices. The award was presented to Century High School Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC) for researching self-harm and suicide and presenting information to students, staff, elected officials and school board members via "SHAC Talks."

  • 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. The award was presented to Cynthia Valdivia for her unwavering passion to help Washington County employees and residents be prepared for an emergency.

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