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

The annual Public Health Heroes Celebration is an opportunity for Multnomah County Health Department and the Board of County Commissioners to recognize leaders and organizations in our community who support and promote public health.

On Tuesday April 4, we will honor up to 3 accomplished organizations or individuals who have worked to promote a healthier community.


The nomination period for this year is now closed. Thanks to everyone who submitted nominations.

Award Criteria

A Public Health Hero is a person or organization that promotes public health in their daily lives. They are the youth, community leaders and organizations who drive public health efforts that:

  • Make a significant difference in the lives of the people served
  • Build on individual and community strengths and assets
  • Mobilize individuals and community groups to work in collaboration and cooperation
  • Are unique, innovative or fill an identified gap in a specific community
  • Are characterized by social justice and a celebration of diversity


  • Social Justice and Health Equity Award: For a leader or organization dedicated to promoting health and fighting for social and racial justice through their services.
  • Katie Jeans-Gail Award for Young Heroes: For a youth or youth-related group who inspires or promotes other young people to make healthy lifestyle choices.
  • Public Health Partner Award: For an outstanding organization whose partnership with Multnomah County Health Department helps to influence policy solutions that improves the public health environment for all members of the community.

What is Public Health?

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. Public health works to prevent health problems before they occur, maintaining a focus on an entire community rather than on an individual.

2016 Award Winners

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

Community Budget Advisory Committee
Helps to ensure that the Health Department’s financial investments align with its mission and strategic priorities.

Community Health Council
Provides leadership and governance for the county's community health centers, including primary care, dental, early childhood services, school-based health centers and pharmacy services.

Adult Mental Health and Substance Abuse Advisory Council
Makes recommendations to the county’s Mental Health and Addiction Services Division on the adult system of care. Ensures that consumers and their families have input on available mental health and addiction services.

Multnomah County Public Health Advisory Board
Provides broad stakeholder input from a variety of community sectors on work related to reducing health inequities and improving population health in Multnomah County.

Nurse Family Partnership Advisory Council
Seeks to capture the voice and experience of clients and community partners in order to help the Health Department with Nurse Family Partnership enrollment efforts, referrals and stakeholder engagement.

Healthy Birth Initiative Community Action Network
Builds on community assets to reduce social and life-course problems that contribute to poor birth outcomes and infant mortality within the African American community.

ACHIEVE Coalition
ACHIEVE stands for Action Communities for Health, Innovation and Environmental Change. Conducts community assessments to help improve health equity through policy implementation. Focuses on tobacco education, nutrition policies, affordability and access to healthy food, and encourages physical fitness.

Vector Control and Code Enforcement Advisory Committee
Provides recommendations to the Health Department's Vector Control and Code Enforcement programs.

Food Service Advisory Committee
Works to assist, advise, and foster collaboration with the Health Department and Board of County Commissioners on food-related matters that affect the dining public, food service providers, and the restaurant industry.

HIV Services Planning Council
Dedicated to improving the quality of life for those infected and/or affected by HIV/AIDS, and to ensuring that members of our community play lead roles in planning and assessing HIV resources.

More Information

Contact Jaimee Mayfield