Public Health Week


Public Health Week was April 3-9, 2017. The 15th Annual Public Health Recognition Awards were presented on Tuesday, April 4. You can find an album of photos from the event on our Facebook page.

  • 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 award was presented to Sexton Mountain Elementary Walking School Bus Program for engaging in a healthy and active lifestyle by walking at least one mile to school, practicing safe pedestrian skills, and arriving at school energized and ready to learn.Public Health Awards 2017
  • 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 Rachel French and Neighborhood Health Center for providing vital dental screenings and services for at-risk infants and children in Washington County's WIC program.
  • 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 Jared Kawatani for addressing food insecurity at Pacific University by establishing a food pantry on campus. Here's a great article in the Forest Grove News Times about Jared!
  • 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 Senior Program Coordinator Erin Jolly for expertly leading the Public Health Division through the accreditation application process, and for facilitating and nurturing dozens of community partnerships to improve the public's 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.