Public Health Hero Awards

Public Health Hero awards are given out every year as a way to recognize those who make a difference in the health and well-being of our community.

2019 Award Winners


  • Bob Bindschadler - Global Health
  • The Recyclery - Healthy Communities
  • Susan O'Brien - Rural Health
  • Teresa Shiraishi - Violence Prevention
  • Julie Iszley - Technology and Public Health
  • Owen Fairbank - Climate Change

Creating the Healthiest Nation: For science, For action, For health


Every Year Public Health week is celebrated nationally and local Jefferson County Heroes are nominated. In celebration of National Public Health Week (April 1 to 7, 2019), an initiative of the American Public Health Association, the Jefferson County Board of Health is proud to announce its 2019 Public Health Heroes.

Bob Bindschadler in the category of Global Health for his international work on climate change and his active participation with the 20/20 Climate Action Outreach group as speaker and action initiatives.  The Recycery in the category of Healthy Communities for their dedication to introducing and educating youth to incorporate the bicycle into an active approach to life.  The Recyclery offers ways for any young person of any means to obtain a bike through its community programming.  In the Category of Rural Health, the Board honors Susan O’Brien, ARNP, Jefferson County Public Health for her tireless clinical work providing both family planning services to residents of Jefferson County and health services to adolescents through school based health clinics.  She is a tireless community advocate for adolescent health and access to family planning services in Jefferson County.  Teresa Shiraishi, MSW, of the Dove House, is honored in the category of Violence Prevention.  She is a tireless advocate for the prevention of intimate partner violence.  One of her many capacities at the Dove House is as an instructor of Relationship Skills.  She partners with the Port Townsend, Chimacum and Quilcene school districts to teach 8th and 9th graders healthy relationship skills.  In the category of Technology and Public Health, the Board honors Julie Iszley, Washington Health Care Authority.  Julie goes above and beyond to assist people with the Apple Health application process and problem solves technical issues and addresses concerns they encounter in the Washington Healthplan Finder.  Ensuring eligible people are able to apply for insurance and receive it are important steps in increasing access to health care which is one of the Jefferson County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) priority goals.  Finally, in the category of Climate Change, the Board of Health honors Owen Fairbank, former board member of Jefferson Land Trust and helpful partner to Jefferson County on open space projects.  He has volunteered endless hours to the welfare of the community by building climate resilience through open space and habitat protections at Jefferson Land Trust.  He is someone who walks the talk by living his life in ways that reduce his carbon footprint.

About National Public Health Week


National Public Health Week, sponsored by the American Public Health Association, is held each year in April and focuses on important issues in public health. More information, as well as a helpful Toolkit, can be found on the National Public Health Week website at http://www.nphw.org/

About Public Health Heroes


Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) began honoring public health Heroes in 2007 as a way to locally celebrate National Public Health Week. The annual public health award celebration recognizes the contributions that community members make through their work or volunteerism to protect and promote the health of the citizens of Jefferson County. The public health heroes awards honor people who live or work in Jefferson County and promote public health in their daily lives.

Learn more about our previous public health heroes: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018