Public Health Week

The 17th annual Public Health Recognition Awards were presented on April 2. You can find a photo album on our Facebook page. Congratulations to all honorees and nominees!Public Health Awards 2019

  • 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 Pacific University’s Director of Sabiduria Ruth Zuniga, Ph.D. Dr. Zuniga will be honored for her outstanding work to address urgent behavioral health needs in the Latino communities through linguistically and culturally appropriate emotional health workshops.
  • 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 & Recreation District for spearheading collaborative work to advance the health and well-being of children, teens and adults with disabilities.
  • 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 Planned Parenthood Beaverton Teen Council for raising awareness and decreasing stigma around teen sexual health through a peer-led sex education program that trains youth to be educators, advocates and resources for their peers.
  • 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. This year’s recipient is Senior Program Communication and Education Specialist Andy Cartmill, who was honored for his extraordinary prevention and outreach efforts to educate the community on issues related to substance use, gambling, mental health and suicide. Cartmill is also the host of HHS’s public access show Community Matters, which is produced by and airs on Tualatin Valley Community TV.


Past Public Health Week Award Honorees

  • 2018: Lisa Allen; Hillsboro Water Department, Banks High School Fire Science Students; Annette Evans (Facebook album)
  • 2017: Sexton Mountain Walking School Bus Program; Rachel French and Neighborhood Health Center; Jared Kawatani; Erin Jolly (Facebook album)
  • 2016: Rachel Parker; Fran Jensen and Nancy Winston; Century High School Student Health Advisory Council; Cynthia Valdivia (Facebook album)
  • 2015: Herb Lommen, Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District and FamilyCare, Inc., Rebels for a Cause, Adam Knapp (Facebook album)
  • 2014: Kaely Summers, Sonrise Church, Sierra Studnick, Sue Omel (Facebook album)
  • 2013: Michelle Rodriguez; Tigard Turns the Tide
  • 2012: Paul Hudak; Community Action Early Head Start and Coffee Creek Correctional Facility
  • 2011: Marilyn Hickman, RN, BSN, BC; Providence Infections Disease Consultants
  • 2010: Michelle Brady, RN, BSN; Adelante Mujeres, Adelante Agricultura
  • 2009: Lisa Vincent; Community Action Organization, Opening Doors
  • 2008: Loaves and Fishes Centers
  • 2007: Susan Greathouse, RD/LD, MPH, IBCLC; Essential Health Clinic
  • 2006: Jan Larsen, RN, BSN; TriMet
  • 2005: Roberto Varona; Pacific University School of Physician Assistant Studies
  • 2004: Lorene Piontkowski, RN; Forest Grove Family Resource Center
  • 2003: Helen Emmons, RN; ¡Salud!


Check out our video for a look behind the scenes at Washington County Public Health.