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Two local agencies and two individuals will be honored with Public Health Achievement Awards for their work to improve the health of individuals and communities in St. Louis County. The awards will be presented by the St. Louis County Board and the county's Public Health Division during the St. Louis County Board Meeting on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the County Board Room at the Courthouse in Duluth. The meeting will be livestreamed on Facebook for anyone wishing to view it remotely.

This year's honorees include Divine Konnections, the Youth Mental Health Day Committee, Teri Morrison, and Mallory Cummings. Each has shown leadership and commitment as they worked to address a variety of public health focus areas.

The awards are presented annually as part of National Public Health Week, which is April 1-7, 2024.

"The role of Public Health and the health needs in our community continue to evolve," said Amy Westbrook, St. Louis County Public Health Division Director. "But the constant in all of this is the importance of community partners who serve with a shared goal of healthier populations and communities. And so we look forward to this week each year when we can recognize those organizations and individuals who work alongside us in public health partnership."

St. Louis County Public Health is a division of the Public Health and Human Services Department. Public Health nurses, nutritionists and other staff serve citizens countywide from offices in Duluth, Virginia, Hibbing and Ely. To learn more, call (218) 725-5210 or visit



Dr. Matthew Mooberry has joined St. Luke’s Anesthesiology Associates. Dr. Mooberry earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia. He completed an internship in internal medicine and a residency in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at the Mayo Clinic. He is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology.


. Neurologist Dr. Paul Peterson has joined St. Luke’s Stroke Center, where he will provide emergent, hospital and clinical care to stroke patients. Dr. Peterson earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. He completed a residency in emergency medicine at San Antionio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium in Texas. He also did a residency in neurology at Duke University Health System, Durham, North Carolina.

In addition, he did a categorical internship in internal medicine at Wilford Hall Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Peterson is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties.

St. Luke’s is now part of Aspirus Health. Aspirus is a non-profit, community-directed health system based in Wausau, Wisconsin serving northeastern Minnesota, northern and central Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The health system operates 19 hospitals and 130 outpatient locations with nearly 14,000 team members, including 1,300 employed physicians and advanced practice clinicians.