Nominations sought for 2023 Public Health awards

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Public Health & Human Services Dept. • 320 West Second Street, Suite 605 • Duluth, MN 55802
Phone: (218) 726-2096 •

Linnea Mirsch




February 14, 2023

CONTACT: Dana Kazel, Communications Manager

218-725-5049 (office) • 218-591-2219 (cell)


County seeks nominations for Public Health Achievement Awards

St. Louis County Public Health is seeking nominations from the public to recognize individuals or groups who have made significant effort to improve the health of residents or communities in St. Louis County. The Public Health Achievement Awards will be presented during the St. Louis County Board meeting on Tuesday, April 4.

Winners will be selected based on their leadership, Public Health contributions, community health improvement outcomes, collaboration and advocacy. The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, March 10.


This is the first time St. Louis County has sought nominations since before the pandemic began. Previous winners include:


2020: Rachel Doherty and Barbara Hinsz (Mesabi East Environmental Education Center), Dr. Jennifer Jones and Dr. Jordan Blessing; and the South St. Louis County Veterans Treatment Court

2019: Dr. Laura Palombi, the Ely Community Care Team, Dementia Friendly Duluth, and Ashley Grimm
2018: The Rutabaga Project, and Heather Hemphill Keely
2017: Verne Wagner, and the Diabetes Prevention Program partners (Duluth Area and Mesabi
Family YMCAs and Essentia Health in Duluth and Virginia)
2016: Ruby's Pantry, and Eversmiles Pediatric Dentistry


More information, including a nomination form and instructions, are available online at or by calling (218) 725-5214.