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County seeks nominations for Public Health Achievement Awards

By Dana Kazel

St. Louis County Public Health is seeking nominations from the public to recognize individuals or groups who have made significant effort to improve the health of residents or communities in St. Louis County. The Public Health Achievement Awards will be presented during the St. Louis County Board meeting on Tuesday, April 2.

Winners will be selected based on their leadership, Public Health contributions, community health improvement outcomes, collaboration and advocacy. The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, March 8.

Previous winners include:

2023: Ely Community Health Center, Rural Aids Action Network (RAAN), First Ladies of the Hillside, and Duluth City Councilor Terese Tomanek

2020: Rachel Doherty and Barbara Hinsz (Mesabi East Environmental Education Center), Dr. Jennifer Jones and Dr. Jordan Blessing; and the South St. Louis County Veterans Treatment Court

2019: Dr. Laura Palombi, the Ely Community Care Team, Dementia Friendly Duluth, and Ashley Grimm

2018: The Rutabaga Project, and Heather Hemphill Keely

2017: Verne Wagner, and the Diabetes Prevention Program partners (Duluth Area and Mesabi Family YMCAs and Essentia Health in Duluth and Virginia)

2016: Ruby's Pantry, and Eversmiles Pediatric Dentistry

More information, including a nomination form and instructions, are available online at or by calling (218) 725-5214.