Public Health Shining Stars

Each year, during National Public Health Week, we recognize members of our communities that have shown outstanding commitment to Public Health over the last 12 months. Award recipients are nominated by NCHD employees for going above the call of duty to protect the health of northeast Colorado.
 

2019 Public Health Shining Stars 

Kati Kuntz, Logan County

Kati Kuntz was nominated by Ann Clouse, Community Health Navigator. “Kati’s passion and dedication to school health has been inspirational,” stated Ann, “Thank you for all you do, Kati!”

Hillary Hykin, Logan County

Hillary Hykin was nominated by Ann Clouse, Community Health Navigator. “Hillary worked with an amazing team to update Caliche’s outdoor playground equipment to give kids more opportunities to be active on breaks during the school day."

Sharon Schumacher, Logan County

Sharon Schumacher was nominated by Ann Clouse, Community Health Navigator. “Sharon worked with an amazing team to update Caliche’s outdoor playground equipment to give kids more opportunities to be active on breaks during the school day."

Kim Keil, Logan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, and Yuma County

Kim Keil was nominated by Sheri Yahn, Health Integration Manager, Christine Covelli, Public Health Nurse III and Kandi Jamison, Community Health Nurse. “Kim has been a dedicated asset to our HCP program for over 25 years,” stated Sherri. “She has touched hundreds of families across northeast Colorado,” Christine added. “Kim helps with referrals and connects families to services in their community,” Kandi said. Thank you for all of your hard work, Kim!"

Lisa Trautwien, Morgan County

Katie Lorenzini was nominated by Ann Clouse, Community Health Navigator.  Ann wrote, ““Lisa has incorporated healthy snacks at her preschool and increased access to water for students and staff.”

Reesa Larson, Morgan County

Reesa Larson was nominated by Ann Clouse, Community Health Navigator.  Ann wrote, “Reesa advocated for healthy celebrations and worked with a team to create an action-based learning hallway at her elementary school.”

Katie Lorenzini, Morgan County

Katie Lorenzini was nominated by Ann Clouse, Community Health Navigator.  Ann wrote, “Katie has worked to improve staff wellness at the Weldon Valley School..”

Lisa Lebsock, Morgan County

Lisa Lebsock was nominated by Morgan County Environmental Health Staff.  Ann wrote, “Lisa has led the charge against rabies by making sure animals are up to date on their vaccinations and educating the public on the importance of quarantining their animals when there has been a potential exposure,” stated Mel Bustos and Conner Gerken, NCHD’s Morgan County Environmental Health Staff, “Lisa is a wonderful community partner!”

Silvia Barajas, Morgan County

Silvia Barajas was nominated by Alli Howe, Director of Client Health Services. Alli wrote, “I am honored to nominate Silvia for her inspiring work to reduce hunger in Morgan County,” stated Alli, “She empowers families with skills to stretch their food budgets and cook healthy meals for their families.”

Rhonda Palic, Sedgwick County

Rhonda Palic was nominated by Ann Clouse, Community Health Navigator. “I had the honor to team up with Rhonda who has led her team to convert part of their library into an action-based learning classroom,” stated Ann. “Rhonda has been an ambitious school health champion. Thank you for all you do, Rhonda!”

Kendra Anderson, Washington County

Nominated by Ann Clouse, Community Health Navigator at NCHD, Kendra Anderson is a member of the regional Learn Healthy Northeast coalition. “I had the honor to work with Kendra and her team to begin a project for staff mental health and compassion fatigue support,” stated Ann.  “I have been amazed as this project has spread to other schools and districts across northeast Colorado.” 

Sara Walkinshaw, Washington County

Sara Walkinshaw, a school health champion at Arickaree School was nominated by Ann Clouse, Community Health Navigator at NCHD. Anne wrote, “I was honored to also work with Sara at Arickaree who started a 100 Mile Club for students and staff. Arickaree’s student council has taken on the role of wellness champions for their school under Sara’s leadership.”  Thank you for all you do Sara!

Jane Bellows, Yuma County

Jane Bellows, school health champion at Liberty School District and a member of the regional Learn Healthy Northeast coalition, was nominated by Ann Clouse, Community Health Navigator. “I had the honor to team up with Jane on a project to update outdoor playground equipment at Liberty,” stated Ann, “Jane also brought together our Healthy Schools’ program and the Liberty Sources of Strength program to hold the first annual Love Yourself Day. Thank you for all you do, Jane!”

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