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Public health leaders receive 2010 Community Health Service Awards

Mon, Oct 4th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Awards were presented to:

Project Harmony, Meeker, McLeod, and Sibley Counties; Steve Simenson, Anoka County; Blue Earth County H1N1 Vaccination Team; Kari Guida, Minnesota Department of Health; David Benson, Nobles County; Marina McManus, Anoka County; Julie Myhre, Carlton, Cook, Lake and St. Louis Counties

Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Sanne Magnan last week presented awards to several individuals and groups for significant accomplishments in public health in Minnesota. The awards were presented at the 2010 Community Health Conference.

A Certificate of Recognition was presented to the Blue Earth County H1N1 Vaccination Team for partnering to prevent disease. This broad community partnership came together to plan and hold two major H1N1 vaccination clinics in Blue Earth County, where they were able to efficiently administer more than 7,000 doses of vaccine.

A Certificate of Recognition was presented to Steve Simenson of Anoka County. Mr. Simenson was recognized for providing outstanding consultation and support for public health in his community, as well as his consistent community leadership and high professional standards.

A Certificate of Recognition was presented to Project Harmony, a group in Meeker, McLeod and Sibley Counties that is dedicated to raising awareness and knowledge of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. The group works to raise public awareness and provide opportunities in the community to celebrate alcohol-free pregnancies.

The Jack Korlath Partnership Award was presented to Kari Guida of the Minnesota Department of Health. The award recognizes her commitment to a close working partnership with local health departments. Guida was instrumental in the successful development of the online Planning and Performance Measurement Reporting System.

The Award for Outstanding Dedication to Local Public Health was presented to David Benson. Nobles County Commissioner Benson serves on the Nobles-Rock Community Health Board. This award is given to elected officials who are significant supporters of public health in their communities. Commissioner Benson has worked with public health to develop and support ordinances that have included everything from smoke-free parks to farm-to-school programs.

The Jim Parker Leadership Award was presented to Julie Myhre. Ms. Myhre is the director of the Carlton-Cook-Lake-St. Louis Community Health Services Agency. The award recognizes her significant statewide contributions to public health through her leadership, vision, originality and innovation. Myhre was applauded for bringing groups of people, disciplines and agencies together to work toward a common purpose and goal, for the way she includes all parties at the table, and for her ability to think beyond traditional boundaries.

The Commissioner's Award for Distinguished Service was presented to Marina McManus. McManus has been the director of the Anoka County Community Health and Environmental Services Department for many years. The award acknowledges her long-term involvement and advocacy in community health. She has served on countless committees and advocates for public health with knowledge and skill. Her passion, dedication and expertise are respected by public health professionals and elected officials alike.

"Minnesota is a healthy state in part because we have so many dedicated public health professionals working around the clock to protect, maintain and improve the health of all Minnesotans," Magnan said. "The individuals and organizations we recognize this year demonstrate the kind of leadership, commitment and innovation that contribute to Minnesota's reputation as having one of the best public health systems in the nation."

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