Public Health Week

Public Health awards and reception
The 13th Annual Public Health Recognition Awards were presented on Thursday, April 9. A reception with interactive, fun and educational public health displays followed the awards ceremony.

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 Herb Lommen for his dedication to saving lives by teaching hands-only CPR to students who then teach it to others.

  • 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 Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District and FamilyCare, Inc. for collaborating to help low-income families become physically active and learn about healthy eating.

  • 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 Rebels for a Cause for promoting a tobacco-free world by influencing through education and inspiring through example.

  • 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 Deputy Medical Examiner Adam Knapp, for his exemplary efforts in creating and supporting a thriving Suicide Fatality Review Team as we work toward zero suicides in Washington County.

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