Public Health Achievement Awards



The St. Louis County Board and the Public Health and Human Services Department recognize and honor community organizations, businesses and residents who demonstrate a commitment to improving the health of individuals, families, and communities. The Public Health Achievement Awards are presented annually. 

Nominations for 2024 Public Health Achievement honorees are now open. Awards will be presented during the St. Louis County Board meeting on Tuesday, April 2, 2024.  

Award winners are chosen based on the following criteria: 

  • Leadership: Nominee has demonstrated leadership abilities through work and service.  
  • Public Health Contributions: Nominee has demonstrated originality and innovation in creating solutions to public health problems and has contributed to advancing improvement in the health status of the community through work and service.  
  • Community Health Improvement: The activities of the nominee have contributed to successful outcomes, bringing positive change, and improving the health status of the community.  
  • Collaboration: Nominee has promoted collaboration and cooperation among individuals, organizations, agencies, and the people served by the St. Louis County Public Health Division.  
  • Advocacy: Nominee has been involved in promoting health and healthy behaviors, and/or protecting the health and safety of St. Louis County residents. 


Public Health Achievement Award Instructions

Public Health Achievement Award Nomination Form


2023 Award Winners: 

  • Ely Community Health Center 
  • Rural Aids Action Network (RAAN) 
  • First Ladies of the Hillside 
  • Duluth City Councilor, Terese Tomanek 

 More information about the Public Health contributions of the 2023 honorees can be found in this news release.

2020 Award Winners: 

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

2019 Award Winners: 

  • Dr. Laura Palombi
  • Ely Community Care Team
  • Dementia Friendly Duluth
  • Ashley Grimm

2018 Award Winners: 

  • The Rutabaga Project
  • Heather Hemphill Keely

2017 Award Winners: 

  • Verne Wagner
  • The Diabetes Prevention Program partners (Duluth Area and Mesabi Family YMCAs and Essentia Health in Duluth and Virginia)

2016 Award Winners: 

  • Ruby's Pantry
  • Eversmiles Pediatric Dentistry



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