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Jefferson County Public Health is Celebrating 2017's National Public Health Week beginning April 3rd

For Immediate Release:     March 14, 2017

Karen Obermeyer
Jefferson County Public Health   
Phone: 360-385-9417

Jefferson County Public Health is Celebrating
2017's National Public Health Week beginning April 3rd 

Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is celebrating National Public Health Week April 3-9. This year the National Public Health Week theme is Healthiest Nation 2030- Create the Healthiest Nation in one Generation. This year we we're celebrating the power of prevention, advocating for healthy and fair policies, sharing strategies for successful partnerships and championing the role of a strong public health system.

JCPH asks you to join the Board of Health in nominating local Public Health Heroes who make our community healthier. We want to hear your story: Nominations are open to the public through Wednesday, March 29th. Please submit a nomination for an individual, agency or group you feel is making a difference in the health of Jefferson County.

JCPH began recognizing Public Health Heroes as a way to locally celebrate National Public Health Week by honoring people who live or work in Jefferson County, and who promote Public Health in their daily lives. The focus of Public Health is improving an entire community’s health through achieving healthier lifestyles and preventing health problems before they arise. Committed to helping communities become healthy places to live, work, and play, Public Health provides reliable information that can be used to make healthy choices, and to protect citizens from hazards in the environment.

What is a Public Health Hero?
A Public Health Hero is a person or an organization that promotes public health in daily life. Public Health Hero awards could represent the following categories but are open to others:

  • The Community Health Promotion award honors individuals or groups whose efforts increase the quality of life in the county.
  • The Public Health Leadership award honors those in our community who have provided leadership in creating policy solutions that assure, promote, and protect community health.
  • The Business Merit award recognizes companies for environmentally sound practices that might include healthy lifestyle choices guiding decisions about what to sell, how to support employees’ health and healthy choices, and how to promote community health.
  • The Community Based Organization award recognizes organizations that provide infrastructure and services that promote public health in a variety of ways.
  • The Special Recognition for the Public Health Hero honors individuals or organizations who help identify a problem and then help the community work toward its resolution, e.g. planting trees, building trails, promoting physical exercise or health diets, or fitting children’s car seats.

How do I make a nomination:

  • Fill in the online form, save the completed form to your device, then attach it to an email and send to
  • Nomination forms may be picked up at the JCPH office located at 615 Sheridan St., Port Townsend

How do I return the completed nomination form?

  • Email completed electronic file to
  • Drop off or mail completed forms to:
    JCPH c/o Public Health Heroes
    615 Sheridan Street
    Port Townsend, WA  98368, or

May I nominate more than one person or group?

  • You may nominate as many deserving individuals or groups as you like.

The deadline for submitting nominations is Wednesday, March 29th. Winners will be announced at the April 20st Jefferson County Board of Health meeting, held at 615 Sheridan Street.

Learn more about National Public Health week and “Healthiest Nation 2030” at

For further information contact Karen Obermeyer, call (360) 385-9400 or email


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