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Award of Excellence in Public Health

Every Spring, the Health Department honors an organization, group and/or individual dedicated to the advancement of public health efforts.

Through the Award of Excellence in Public Health, we seek to encourage and support those who give of themselves in an effort to further public health through collaboration with Health Department initiatives. Consideration is given to the furtherance of the Northern Kentucky Community Health Plan and the Healthy Kentuckians 2020 Objectives.

2016 recipient

Mayor Rick Skinner receives 2016 Award of Excellence in Public HealthWilliamstown Mayor Rick Skinner with the 2016 Award of Excellence in Public Health. Skinner is being recognized for his leadership of the Fitness for Life Around Grant County (FFLAG) coalition as it works to improve health in Grant County, specifically efforts to create opportunities for physical activity and improved nutrition for residents; and for his willingness to advocate for a syringe access exchange program.

Past award honorees
2015: Brent Cooper, Patty Burns and the CVG Airport Fire/EMS Department
2014: Cincinnati/Kentucky Enquirer staff reporting on heroin epidemic
2013: Christina Rust and Mark Ihrig
2012: The NKU Nurse Advocacy Center for the Underserved and Chris Bolling
2011: Jeff Walters and Meredith Potter
2010: The Northern Kentucky Medical Reserve Corps and Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky
2009: Northern Kentucky Pediatric Group in Highland Heights, Pediatric Associates in Crestview Hills, Pediatrics of Florence in Florence and Summit Medical Group in Crestview Hills; and Michael J. Hammons
2008: Mamie Harris
2007: Liz Bonis, WKRC-TV, and The Staff and Students of Piner Elementary School
2006: Bill Scheyer and Bethany Hanser
2005: Kathy Rack, Thomas Goeke, D.M.D., and Jack Lenihan, D.M.D.
2004: Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission, Inc., Brian Angus, Executive Director; and Christopher A. Cunha, M.D.
2003: Preferred Surgical Care and Mary Carol Wagner
2002: Northern Kentucky Infectious Disease Consultants, Inc.: Alan Cohen, M.D., Dora Savani, M.D., Roger Teller, M.D. and office staff; and Irma Parks, R.N
2001: The Northern Kentucky Family Health Center's Pike Street Homeless Health Clinic and AIDS Volunteers of Northern Kentucky
2000: Robert A. Grober, M.D., Northern Kentucky Family Health, the St. Luke Hospital, St. Elizabeth Medical Center