Nevada County locals honored as ‘Public Health Champions’
Nine Nevada County police, healthcare and emergency management workers have been named “Public Health Champions.”
The nine people are being honored because “their ongoing commitment helps to ensure the health and safety of Nevada County residents,” according to staff from Nevada County Public Health Department, who announced the honorees.
The recognition comes during this week’s “National Public Health Week,” said Nevada County CEO Rick Haffey. “Nevada County Board of Supervisors also voted unanimously to declare this week ‘Public Health Week in Nevada County,’” he said.
The nine “Public Health Champions,” and the areas they represent, are:
— California Highway Patrol officers Justin Barnthouse, Jason Bice, Marc Morrison, Greg Tassone and retired senior volunteer Howard Coffey, certified child passenger safety technicians (public health nursing division).
— Pat Ivy, Golden Empire Nursing and Rehab Center (emergency preparedness division, western county).
— Tami Prior, Tahoe Forest Hospital, emergency management committee (emergency preparedness division, eastern county)
— Sharyn Turner, school health services coordinator (health and wellness division)
— Kris Jessen-Mather, nurse practitioner (Women, Infants & Children division).
“Nevada County Public Health Department truly appreciates all your contributions,” county staff told the honorees in making the announcement.
According to Haffey, the goal of this week’s national observance is to make the United States the “healthiest nation in one generation,” he said.
“That’s why this year’s theme is ‘Healthiest Nation 2030,’” Haffey said.
To achieve that goal, public health workers around the nation are encouraging people to incorporate more movement, such as walking, into their daily lives. In addition, staff members are inviting people to incorporate fresh seasonal vegetables into their diets.
“We need everyone to join the movement,” Haffey said. “Make eating healthy and being active every day a way of life.”
To contact Staff Writer Keri Brenner, email email@example.com or call 530-477-4239.
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