Public Health Week

Public Health Week honorees National Public Health Week was April 7-13, 2014

On Friday, April 11, we presented the 12th Annual Public Health Recognition Awards. Special thanks to Commissioners Bob Terry and Greg Malinowski for joining us for the ceremony.

  • 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. Kaely Summers was honored for building a culture of wellness for "Nourish the Community" participants, Adelante Mujeres staff and volunteers, and the broader Washington County community. (top picture)

  • 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. Sonrise Church was honored for their comprehensive programs designed to improve the emotional and physical well-being of Washington County's most vulnerable residents. (middle picture)

  • The "Emerging Public Health Leader Award" recognizes a youth or youth-related group who promotes healthy communities and making healthy lifestyle choices. Sierra Studnick was honored for her strong public health leadership on the Pacific University campus and civic engagement in the Forest Grove community. She had to hurry back to class, so unfortunately we don't have a picture of her.

  • 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. Field Team Nursing Supervisor Sue Omel was honored for her years of dedicated service as an outstanding public health advocate, ambassador, leader and program innovator. Sue was out of town for the awards ceremony, so we don't have a picture of her either!
Also: Beth Doyle's presentation on public health in Liberia was fascinating! You can get the gist of her talk if you view this PDF file. She spoke mostly about women's health but she also shared how she was able to have two wells built thanks to her church's support.


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