Public Health Week

All of the 2018 honorees along with the Board of Commissioners

The 17th Annual Public Health Recognition Awards will be presented on April 2. Nominations are being accepted now through February 28. Download a fillable nomination form or contact Kerry Colette at 503-846-8246 to request one. (Depending on your browser, you might need to save the PDF to your device before filling it out.)

Last year’s recipients were 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 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; Banks High School Fire Science Students for participating in a fire science curriculum provided by Banks Fire District #13; and 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.

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


Past 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 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.