NMSU students to honor local leaders in public health

New Mexico State University students in the Department of Public Health Sciences have created the first Public Health Heroes event, which will honor community leaders in public health.

The ceremony will be held during National Public Health Week at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, in the Health and Social Services Building, Room 320. Mark Kittleson, public health sciences department head, will present the awards.

Undergraduate students in the Public Health Sciences, which is housed in the College of Health and Social Services, created the awards to honor local champions of public health during Public Health Week April 6-10, said Cindy Kratzke, public health sciences assistant professor.

“Our goal was to recognize our county’s unsung public health heroes with awards,” she said. “We selected six nominees who integrate the value of health into the community. The undergraduate students in Methods of Community Health Education organized summaries, reviewed accomplishments and selected two awardees this year.”

Terri Von Wolff with Dona Ana County Head Start was chosen as the Community Health Leader Public Health Hero and the Women’s Intercultural Center in Anthony was selected as the Community Organization Public Health Hero.

“Terri Von Wolff will receive the Community Health Leader Public Health Hero award recognizing her outstanding work with the Dona Ana County Head Start. She also helped in the development of the popular Cooking with Kids program,” Kratzke said.

“The Women’s Intercultural Center in Anthony will receive the Community Organization Public Health Hero award recognizing the unique efforts to empower women of all ages. Immigrant women may learn and unite in a setting with spiritual, social and economic educational efforts.”

For more information on the event, visit http://www.nphw.org/events/page/P80.

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