April 25, 2018
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jenny Matter
Jefferson County Community Health
(360) 385-9400 – Clinic
Port Townsend – Jefferson County Board of Health Honors 2018 Public Health Heroes ~ A dedicated County Parks Assistant Manager, Students expressing civic leadership, a Public Defense Attorney supporting clients enrolled in Mental Health Therapeutic Court, a Public Health Department Program addressing the opioid and meth epidemic, and a dedicated Occupational Therapist for the Chimacum School District.
In celebration of National Public Health Week (April 2 – 8, 2018), and in recognition of their efforts to promote community health, the Jefferson County Board of Health was proud to announce its 2018 Public Health Heroes at their meeting on April 19, 2018.
The 2018 National Public Health Week theme is “Healthiest Nation 2030: Changing Our Future Together.” Based on this theme, the Board of Health honored recipients at its April Board of Health meeting. Chris Macklin, Jefferson County Recreation Assistant Manager was recognized in the Community Health Promotion category for his continuous effort to make recreation opportunities accessible to all Jefferson County residents. The Students of the Port Townsend School District and the Chimacum School District (organizers: Port Townsend SD – Hannah Marx, Ingrid Schultz, Mimi Molotsky, Lilly Carrillo, Ollie Crecca, and Annika Carlson; Chimacum SD – Farryn Olson-Wailand, Clara Noble, Aurora Plunkett, Ava Vaughan-Misfud, Zula Mosher, Caitlyn Boyd, and Akira Anderson) who organized and participated in the March 14, 2018 Walkout to support the “Enough is Enough” cause and to stand in solidarity to support the Parkland victims and survivors of yet another school shooting. They were recognized in the Category of Public Health Leadership. In the 2018 Category of Community Based Organization, the Board of Health recognized Nat Jacob, Attorney for his tireless service and support, both in and out of the courtroom, of his clients as their Public Defender in the Mental Health Therapeutic Court. In the category of Protection from Communicable Disease, the Board of Health recognizes the work of staff of the Jefferson County Public Health Syringe Exchange Program which began 18 years ago to protect health and prevent the spread of communicable disease. Finally, in the category of Special Recognition Award, the Board of Health recognized Sarah McNulty, Occupational Therapist, for her work as an Occupational Therapist for the Chimacum School District and for her volunteer work assisting youth – particularly those with limited mobility.
John Austin, Board of Health Chair, said “We congratulate the deserving recipients of the 2018 Public Health Hero Awards. It takes the commitment of many to improve the health and wellbeing of Jefferson County residents – not only the work of our capable public health department staff, but also of our Jefferson County communities as a whole.”
About National Public Health Week
National Public Health Week, held each year during the first full week in April, brings to light important issues in public health. This year’s vision, to create the healthiest nation in one generation, focuses on transforming the way our country approaches health, with greater attention placed on prevention and wellness. More information, as well as a helpful Healthiest Nation 2030 Partner Toolkit, can be found at http://www.nphw.org/tools-and-tips/toolkit.
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