Nominations accepted for Jefferson County public health heroes

PORT TOWNSEND — Jefferson County Public Health is seeking nominations for public health heroes.

The deadline for submitting nominations of a person, agency or group who is making a difference in the health of Jefferson County is March 26.

Winners will be announced at the April 19 Jefferson County Board of Health meeting, set from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Public Health Office, 615 Sheridan St.

A Public Health Hero is a person or organization that promotes public health in daily life, the county department said.

Public Health Hero awards could represent the following categories but are open to others:

• Community Health Promotion — This award honors individuals or groups whose efforts increase the quality of life in the county.

• Public Health Leadership — This award honors those in the community who have provided leadership in creating policy solutions that ensure, promote and protect community health.

• Business Merit — This award recognizes companies for environmentally sound practices that might include healthful lifestyle choices guiding decisions about what to sell, how to support employees’ health and healthful choices, and how to promote community health.

• Community Based Organization — This award recognizes organizations that provide infrastructure and services that promote public health in a variety of ways.

• Special Recognition for the Public Health Hero — This honors individuals or organizations who help identify a problem and then help the community work toward its resolution.

Examples are planting trees, building trails, promoting physical exercise or healthful diets, or fitting children’s car seats.

Jefferson County Public Health is celebrating National Public Health Week the week of April 2-8.

This year, the week’s theme is “Healthiest Nation 2030: Changing our Future Together.”

Nomination forms can be picked up at the health office, or online at www.jeffersoncountypublic health.org.

Drop off or mail completed forms to JCPH c/o Public Health Heroes, 615 Sheridan St., Port Townsend, WA 98368, or email them to [email protected] jeffersoncountypublic health.org.

For more information about National Public Health week and “Healthiest Nation 2030,” see www.nphw.org.

For more information, call Vicki Kirkpatrick at 360-385-9400 or email [email protected]

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