Public Health Week

All of the 2018 honorees along with the Board of Commissioners

The 16th Annual Public Health Recognition Awards were presented on April 3, 2018. Check out our Facebook album of the event!

  • 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 Lisa Allen for leading the Hillsboro School District Board of Directors in creating a policy to allow its school-based health center to provide access to contraceptive services.

  • 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 the Hillsboro Water Department for creating the Community Lead Testing Program and offering free water testing to all of their residential, day care and nonprofit customers.

  • 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 Banks High School Fire Science Students for participating in a fire science curriculum provided by Banks Fire District #13. Juniors and seniors can earn college credit while learning rescue and medical responder practices, fire behavior and suppression techniques, first aid, CPR and more.

  • 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 Annette Evans with the Department of Housing Services for working tirelessly to help our county's most vulnerable community members obtain safe and affordable housing. This is the first time this award has been given to someone outside the Department of Health and Human Services.


Past Honorees

  • 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 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.