Title

Awards honor rural and public health providers

Document Type

News Article

Publication Date

7-31-2014

Campus Unit

School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Abstract

GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Rural and public health providers, volunteers, and organizations were recognized recently with awards at the 2014 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health's annual banquet.

The North Dakota Public Health Association presented three awards:

  • Penny Hamilton , First District Health Unit in Minot, was named the Public Health Worker of the Year. This award recognizes an NDPHA member who has made a significant contribution in the field of public health in the past year.
  • Theresa Will , City-County Health District in Valley City, was presented the Outstanding Service Award. The Outstanding Service Award honors an individual who has exhibited continued excellence in the field of public health.
  • United Tribes Technical College Wellness Circle was named Public Health Team of the Year. This award honors a team that has worked collaboratively on a unique, creative, or outstanding public health effort, program, or goal.

The Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health planning committee presented five awards:

  • Trisha Jungels , vice president of Nursing Services, Jamestown Regional Medical Center, was presented the Outstanding Rural Health Professional Award. This award is presented to a healthcare professional located in rural North Dakota who has demonstrated leadership in the delivery of rural health services.
  • Dr. Hubert Seiler , Heart of America Medical Center in Rugby, was the recipient of the Outstanding Rural Health Provider Award. The Outstanding Rural Health Provider award is presented to a health care clinician whose practice is in rural North Dakota and has made an important contribution to their community and area.
  • Caleb Behm , emergency medical technician, Larimore Ambulance and Rescue, received the Outstanding Rural Health Volunteer Award. The Outstanding Rural Health Volunteer award recognizes the contributions made by a community person who has volunteered to contribute their energy, time, and skill toward the betterment of rural healthcare.
  • Dr. Mark Strand , associate professor, North Dakota State University, was presented the Outstanding Rural Educator/Mentor Award. This award recognizes a professional who has made outstanding contributions to the education, development, and placement of new healthcare professionals in rural North Dakota communities.
  • Ivan Mitchell , chief executive officer, Towner County Medical Center, was the recipient of the Emerging Rural Leader Award. This award recognizes a new professional who has demonstrated tremendous promise for and commitment to improving the health of rural North Dakota residents.

The Rural Collaborative Opportunities for Occupational Learning in Health (R-COOL-Health) Scrubs Camps Program, which provides small grants through a competitive process for rural communities to host one-day camps where students learn about careers in healthcare from local professionals, presented one award:

  • Heart of America Medical Center in Rugby was named the R-COOL-Health Scrubs Camp of the Year. This award is presented to the community that hosted the Scrubs Camp deemed as the top camp of the year based on a number of factors, including innovative and interactive activities incorporated into the camp, collaboration of community partners and local healthcare professionals, and organization of the camp and administration of the grant.

The Dakota Conference is a joint effort by Altru Health System of Grand Forks; the North Dakota Public Health Association; the North Dakota Rural Health Association; the UND College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines; and the UND Center for Rural Health.

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