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Once a year at the Public Health in the Rockies annual conference public health professionals from across the state of Colorado come together to learn, network and celebrate. This year, two employees of Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) were awarded for their exemplary public health work. JCPH Executive Director, Mark B. Johnson, MD, MPH, said, “These awards reflect a high degree of professionalism in their respective fields, and are well deserved by these winners! I am honored to work with such a high caliber of public health professionals at Jefferson County Public Health.” Here are the JCPH winners and the awards they received.
Community Health Action-Motivated Person (CHAMP) Award Ruth Popiel, Community Health Services Administrative Coordinator. In her Administrative Coordinator position at Jefferson County Public Health, Ruth serves as an executive assistant to the Community Health Services Division Director and provides administrative support to other staff in all departments. In the 12 years Ruth has served in this position, she has received many recognitions from department staff for assisting with a variety of tasks. She has assumed responsibility for oversight of CPR training and language Line Services for JCPH staff. She works collaboratively with the Administrative Services Division to assure health care providers are licensed in the state and obtain National Provider Identifier (NPI) and Medicaid numbers as indicated. Ruth is recognized by her workers for commitment to quality work and her ability to deliver that work in a timely manner. Ruth has been a Colorado Public Health Association member since starting at JCPH and is truly a CHAMP.
New Public Health Nurse of the Year Melanie Rogers, Community Health Services Public Health Nurse. With only three years of experience in the public health field, Melanie Rogers has already demonstrated great aptitude as a public health nurse and is an emerging leader. Her interest and focus in the areas of sexual and reproductive health, especially for youth, have greatly benefited several new initiatives recently implemented in the Jefferson County Public Health family planning clinic. As part of a marketing plan to increase our outreach to teens in Jefferson County, Melanie worked with the JCPH Health Communications Program to develop the ‘Go Ask TISH’ text line. Since its launch in February 2013, hundreds of texts have been received and Melanie has been able to provide accurate and science-based information to Jefferson County teens seeking answers to their reproductive health questions. In addition, Melanie worked with the JCPH Health Communications Program to create a video series called, “Sex Ed with Mel… In 30 minutes or less”. Videos are posted on the JCPH website, YouTube and recently featured on the Beforeplay.org Facebook page and website. Video topics include “How to use a condom”, “STDs”, and “Birth control methods”. Thus far, Jefferson County Public Health has created seven videos which have been viewed over 1,500 times. These undertakings have been in addition to Melanie’s regular responsibilities of seeing clients in the family planning clinic, case management, and outreach of the HIV program. Melanie’s enthusiasm, positive attitude, and passion for her work have made her a wonderful asset to the health department.
September 25, 2013
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