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.

2018 Public Health Shining Stars 

Katie Lorenzini, Morgan County

Katie Lorenzini was nominated by Mickey George, Community Health Navigator.  Mickey wrote, “Katie exemplifies leadership for her community, students, athletes and family by promoting and living a healthy active lifestyle.”
Left to Right: Mickey George, Katie Lorenzini

Dencia Raish, Washington County

Catherine Engelken, Health Promotion & Prevention Manager at NCHD nominated Dencia Raish.  Catherine wrote, “Dencia is an incredible resource and has had a vital role in the great work accomplished to make the community of Akron healthy for all residents.”
Left to Right: Catherine Engelken, Dencia Raish, Trish McClain

Josh Melby, Yuma County

John Melby was nominated by Heather Coin, Environmental Health Specialist.  Heather wrote,  “Josh always goes above and beyond to help protect public health when it comes to wild animals needing to be tested for rabies!” 
Josh Melby

Fort Morgan Veterinary Clinic, Morgan County

Conner Gerken, Environmental Health Specialist and Mel Bustos, Environmental Health Manager at NCHD nominated the Fort Morgan Veterinary Clinic for a public health shining star award.  They wrote, “The Fort Morgan Veterinary Clinic is a great partner in helping fight zoonotic diseases in northeast Colorado.”

Lisa Canales, Morgan County

Lilia Martinez, Administrative Assistant & Deputy Registrar, nominated Lisa Canales as a 2018 public health shining star.  Lilia wrote, “Lisa plays an important role in Morgan County helping her neighbors across the county as a leader of the Morgan County Golden Stars.”

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