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GF health department names annual award winners

The Grand Forks Public Health Department on Thursday announced its 2010 2010 Public Health Community Champion awards. The recipients are: - Dr. Eric Johnson: Johnson is a family medicine physician at Altru and assistant medical director for Valle...

The Grand Forks Public Health Department on Thursday announced its 2010 2010 Public Health Community Champion awards. The recipients are:

- Dr. Eric Johnson: Johnson is a family medicine physician at Altru and assistant medical director for Valley Memorial Homes and is also the medical director for the N.D. Tobacco Quitline.

- Jane Croeker: At UND, Croeker serves as the Health Promotions Advisor. She also is on many community coalitions, including the Grand Forks Tobacco Free Coalition, the Northern Valley Dental Health Coalition and Healthy UND.

- Delbert Streitz: Streitz is the Grand Forks Public Health Departments' Emergency Response Coordinator.

- Julie Ludwig: Ludwig is the Community Resource Coordinator at Valley Community Health Centers in Northwood and Larimore, N.D.

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- Valley Community Health Center Dental Clinic: Established in 2007, the clinic has served more than 3,000 patients for preventive and restorative dental care, with approximately half of the patients under the age of 16.

- SimmonsFlint: Starting in May 2009 the tobacco prevention program has worked with SimmonsFlint on a media campaign to educate the public on the dangers of secondhand smoke.

- Grand Forks County Public School Districts: This fall, the H1N1 virus took center stage, infecting more than 3,000 children and adults in our area. Grand Forks County Schools opened their doors to area residents to facilitate the health department's mass vaccination clinics. School and public health personnel worked together efficiently to vaccinate more than 1,600 children and adults at nine school sites. The districts are: Emerado, Grand Forks, Larimore, Manvel, Midway, Northwood and Thompson.

- NDPHA award: The Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health will be held in Grand Forks next week for the first time since 1992. The NDPHA will honor Terri Keehr as the Public Health Worker of the Year at their annual meeting. Terri is a public health nurse with the Grand Forks Public Health Department.

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