Debra Lee Ingram, award winner
Debra Lee Ingram, president of Leisure Hour Junior Golf Club

In past years, Multnomah County has celebrated our community’s public health heroes to recognize leaders and organizations in our community who support and promote public health. This celebration was held to during National Public Health Week, which is the first week of April.

Public health is the art and science of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles and research for disease and injury prevention. It works to prevent health problems before they occur, maintaining a focus on an entire community rather than on an individual.

Award Recipients

2016

This year we honored all volunteers who serve on Health Department-sponsored committees, advisory boards and councils.

  • Community Budget Advisory Committee
  • Community Health Council
  • Adult Mental Health and Substance Abuse Advisory Council
  • Multnomah County Public Health Advisory Board
  • Nurse Family Partnership Advisory Council
  • Healthy Birth Initiative Community Action Network
  • ACHIEVE Coalition
  • Vector Control and Code Enforcement Advisory Committee
  • Food Service Advisory Committee
  • HIV Services Planning Council

2015

Social and Equity Justice Award
Opciones y Educación (OYE options and education)

Katie Jeans-Gail Award for Young Heroes
Kúkátónón Children’s African Dance Troupe

Public Health Partner Award
Erin Fairchild, MSW, Defending Childhood Initiative

Multnomah County Employee Award
Rachael Banks, MPA


2014

Multnomah County Employee Award
Alison Goldstein

Public Health Partner Award
Outside In

Katie Jeans-Gail Award for Young Heroes
Leisure Hour Jr. Golf Program

Social & Equity Justice Award
Future Generations Collaborative


2013

Josiah Hill Community Leadership Award
Sharon Gary-Smith

Multnomah County Employee Award
Terry Bonnett

Katie Jeans-Gail Award for Young Heroes
Alazar Manning

Community Based Organization or Program Award
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) HIV Day Center

John Kitzhaber Public Health Leadership Award
Michelle Kunec-North

Business/Corporation Award
ZRT Laboratory


2012

Josiah Hill Community Leadership Award
Jacki Gethner

Multnomah County Employee Award
Erika Preuitt

Katie Jeans - Gail Award for Young Heroes
Multnomah County Youth Advisory Council

Community Based Organization or Program Award
Native American Youth & Family Center (NAYA)

John Kitzhaber Public Health Leadership Award
Dr. Karen Gray

Business/Corporation Award
KUNP-TV Univision Portland


2011

Josiah Hill Community Leadership Award
Heather Fercho

Multnomah County Employee Award
Melissa Greeney
The Welcome Baby Team

National Public Health Week Theme Aware: Safety Is No Accident
Youth Violence Prevention Partnership (YVPP)

Community Based Organization or Program Award
Oregon Mission of Mercy (OrMOM)
Ryan White Service Providers

John Kitzhaber Policy Leadership Award
Multnomah Food Initiative Steering Committee

Business/Corporation Award
Jeld-Wen Field


2010

Josiah Hill Community Leadership Award
S. Renee Mitchell

Multnomah County Employee Award
Susan Kirchoff

Katie Jeans - Gail Award for Young Heroes
Multnomah Youth Commission

Community Based Organization or Program Award
Coalition for a Livable Future

John Kitzhaber Policy Leadership Award
Renee Hackenmiller-Paradis

Business/Corporation Award
OMSI


2009

Josiah Hill Community Leadership Award
Linda Hornbuckle

Multnomah County Employee Award
Judy McFarland

Katie Jeans - Gail Award for Young Heroes
Girls on the Run Portland Metro

Community Based Organization or Program Award
Multnomah Dental Society

John Kitzhaber Policy Leadership Award
Commissioner Jeff Cogen

Business/Corporation Award
Boeing Portland


2008

Josiah Hill Community Leadership Award
Antonio Lopez
Dr. Bob Sayson

Katie Jeans - Gail Award for Young Heroes
Albert Le, Anatoliy Vlasenko, Thath Kim, Justine Grandbois, Louis Herbert, Jordan Pulver

Community Based Organization or Program Award
MIKE (Multicultural Integrated Kidney Education) Program

John Kitzhaber Policy Leadership Award
Bill Bradbury, Secretary of State

Business/Corporation Award
Medela, Inc

Multnomah County Employee Award
Jessica Guernsey Camargo
Matthew Lashua


2007

Josiah Hill Award for Community Member:
Garland Brown
Rick Seifert

Multnomah County Employee
Glea Livingston

Business
Alliance of Portland Neighborhood Business Associations (APNBA)

Community Based Organization
Loaves & Fishes Centers, Inc.

Katie Jeans-Gail Award for Young Heroes
Tiara Orr, Victoria Hoang, Alena Lam, Katie Sanders and Cynthia Cervantes

Governor John Kitzhaber Public Health Leadership
American Lung Association of Oregon (ALAO)


2006

Josiah Hill Award for Community Member
Rhone Williams

Multnomah County Employee
Jan Poujade, RN, MS

Business
Pacific Coast Restaurants

Community Based Organization
Asian Health and Service Center

Katie Jeans-Gail Award for Young Heroes
STARS Program Teen Leaders
Téjara Brown and Sarah Marie Benjamin
Girls Leadership/Peace Campaign

Governor John Kitzhaber Public Health Leadership
Maria Michalczyk, RN

Special Recognition Awards
Amy Joslin’s family
Tricia Tillman


2005

Josiah Hill Award for Community Member
Polly Rennie
Nanette Ringering

Multnomah County Employee
Mary Loos
Paul Iarrobino
DCHS Aging and Disability Multidisciplinary Team

Business
Eco Tech

Community Based Organization
Community Energy Project
Oregon Center for Environmental Health

Katie Jeans-Gail Award for Young Heroes
Club Drug Awareness Project

Governor John Kitzhaber Public Health Leadership
Jean Rystrom
Clara Padilla Andrews


2004

Josiah Hill Award for Community Member
Dr. Richard Gingrich
Miki Hunnicut

Multnomah County Employee
Karifa Koroma, DCHS, Mental Health & Addiction Services
Marcy Sugarman, Medicaid Enrollment Unit

Business
Bike Gallery

Katie Jeans-Gail Award for Young Heroes
Las Hermanas
Cleveland High School Peer Helpers

Governor John Kitzhaber Public Health Leadership
Carlos Medina


2003

Josiah Hill Award for Community Member
Oanh Thao Doan

Multnomah County Employee
Carol Cole
Marco Reyes, Marcela Dixon, Sergiy Barsukov

Business
Rejuvenation

Community Based Organization
Growing Gardens
Portland Rose City Ward Tongan Community Hepatitis B Project

Youth
Raelynn Smith

Governor John Kitzhaber Public Health Leadership
Kathy Hammock
Charles Jordan


2002

Josiah Hill Award for Community Member
“Jorge” Ignacio Alvarado
Ron Mariani

Multnomah County Employee
Hilton Levias
Michael Sorensen

Business
Providence Youth Academy

Community Based Organization
Northwest Medical Teams Dental Program
Children’s Cancer Association

Governor John Kitzhaber Public Health Leadership
Senator Avel Gordly

Youth
Katie Jambor
Thuy Tran, Lan Nguyen, and Diem Nguyen


2001

Josiah Hill Award for Community Member
Sharon Giddings
Ann Hinds

Multnomah County Employee
Peggy Lou Hillman, Coordinator of Multnomah County Immunization Program
Dr. Jonathan Jui, Medical Director of Multnomah County Emergency Medical Services
Christine Taylor, founder of La Clinica de Buena Salud

Business
CareOregon
Walgreen’s

Community Based Organization
Family of One
Recovery Association Project

Youth
Javier Cruz
Camelle Taylor