Washington County Seeks Nominations for 16th Annual Public Health Recognition Awards

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Sponsored by: Health and Human Services Department

National Public Health Week is April 2-8, 2018. Washington County Department of Health and Human Services will honor significant contributions to public health that promote and support a culture of health and well-being in Washington County.

The 16th Annual Public Health Recognition Awards will be presented on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Washington Street Conference Center, located on the first floor of the parking structure at 102 SW Washington Street in downtown Hillsboro.

Nominations are being accepted in the following categories:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Emerging Public Health Leader Award recognizes a youth or youth-related group (including college) that promotes healthy communities and making healthy lifestyle choices.

  • 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.

Last year’s recipients were Sexton Mountain Elementary Walking School Bus Program for engaging in a healthy and active lifestyle; Rachel French and Neighborhood Health Center for providing vital dental screenings and services for at-risk infants and children; Pacific University student Jared Kawatani for addressing food insecurity on campus by establishing a food pantry; and Public Health staff member Erin Jolly for expertly leading the division through the accreditation process.

Nominations are due by Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Download a nomination form at www.co.washington.or.us/HHS or call Nena Newsom at 503-846-4872 to request one.

Media Contact:

Wendy Gordon, Communications Coordinator/PIO