Public Health Week

Public Health awards and receptionPublic Health Week is April 4-10, 2016. The 14th Annual Public Health Recognition Awards will be presented on Tuesday, April 5, at 11:30 a.m., in the Public Services Building cafeteria. Nominations are now being accepted and are due by March 4. Depending on your browser, you may need to save the form to your computer before filling it out and submitting it electronically. Google Chrome is especially problematic.

For more information, contact Gwyn Aschom at 503-846-4544.

Last 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