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Public Health Week

Public Health Week 2022

National Public Health Week was April 4-10. We presented the 19th annual Public Health Awards virtually to individuals and organizations that have made a significant impact on public health over the last year. Next year, we hope to be back in person with a ceremony and reception to celebrate the 20th year of awards. This year's awardees:

  • Members of the Washington County Medical Reserve Corps are being honored for improving access to COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters. These volunteers helped to staff many of the county’s 350 vaccination clinics.
  • Public Health Institute has been an incredible resource and core to the county’s COVID-19 response and equity efforts. Their Tracing Health program employs people from within the county, with a focus on supporting a culturally and linguistically diverse workforce. They have helped to extend the county’s reach into culturally specific communities and have strengthened the vaccine and recovery efforts.
  • Araceli Acosta is a youth outreach specialist with the Beaverton City Library who has helped to ensure that families could continue to engage young children in early literacy activities when libraries were closed to in-person services. Araceli creates visual story time videos in English and Spanish that are fun and engaging and encourage parents to read with their children.
  • Neighborhood Health Center is working to help increase dental access and reduce barriers to care. They have partnered with the Washington County Women, Infants and Children program to provide teledentistry visits. These visits provide vital education on dental care, cavity prevention and nutrition, as well as help families navigate the care system and connect with a dental provider.
  • Providence Infectious Disease Consultants has been a key partner in improving access to care for those most vulnerable in the community. This group of compassionate physicians has been an instrumental partner to the Washington County Tuberculosis Program, helping to ensure that those who need it can get care.

Past Public Health Week Award Honorees

  • 2021: Naomi Hunsaker, Erin Parrish and Amy Manchester Harris; Dacia and Matt Graber; Adelante Mujeres Chicas Program; Sonrise Church
  • 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.