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Public Health Staff earns Exemplary Lifetime Achievement Award

December 29, 2016

For Immediate Release
Denise Banker
Jefferson County Public Health
(360) 385-9438

Public Health Staff earns Exemplary Lifetime Achievement Award


Port Townsend, WA –On November 7, 2016 at the annual Washington State Prevention Summit in Yakima Kelly Matlock was honored with the prestigious Department of Social and Health Services Exemplary Lifetime Achievement Award for her substance abuse prevention work in east Jefferson County. She was nominated by the Washington State Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery. A strong advocate for prevention science, Kelly has been dedicated to building on community readiness, strategic planning and implementation of evidence based program in the community coalition work she did in both Port Townsend and Chimacum.

This is the second Exemplary Achievement Award Matlock has received.  In 2012 Anne Dean and Kelly Matlock were honored for the work they did using the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study as the foundation for their community efforts in substance abuse prevention, for spearheading the “Our Kids: Our Business” child abuse and neglect information campaign and for bringing the University of Washington’s Communities That Care training to Jefferson County.

Now in retirement, Matlock says, “I am so grateful I had the opportunity to work with best at Jefferson County Public Health and with a community as committed as Jefferson County to the health and well-being of youth and families.”  

Dr. Denise Banker with Jefferson County Public Health is the new Coalition Coordinator for Chimacum Prevention Coalition.  She now spearheads the community substance abuse prevention efforts.  Anyone interested in working on efforts to prevent substance abuse and improve the lives youth and families can contact Dr. Banker at 360-385-9438.


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