Public Health Week

Public Health Week Awards 2021

During National Public Health Week (April 6-10), we gave our annual awards to Washington County employees and community partners whose work has greatly improved public health in our community. Congratulations and thank you to our honorees for making our community a safer, more equitable, and healthier place for us to live.

The Washington County Employee Award goes to Naomi Hunsaker, Erin Parrish and Amy Manchester Harris for their outstanding outreach with County corrections departments to provide naloxone kits to individuals in corrections facilities and for adding additional resources to the kit that provide support to at-risk individuals.

The Public Health Ambassador Award goes to Dacia and Matt Graber for their outstanding work providing medical services and support to those experiencing houselessness in Washington County.

The Emerging Public Health Leader Award goes to the Adelante Mujeres Chicas Program for their outstanding work building after-school programming, leadership and community service opportunities for Latina youth and their families in partnership with local schools and families.

The Partner in Public Health Award goes to Sonrise Church for their outstanding work providing services to houseless and unstably housed individuals in the community and for partnering with Washington County to support the implementation of the new harm reduction program.


Past Public Health Week Award Honorees

  • 2020: No awards due to pandemic response
  • 2019: Ruth Zuniga, Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District, Planned Parenthood Beaverton Teen Council, Andy Cartmill (Facebook album)
  • 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.