Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

WHITE PLAINS – The Westchester County Board of Health has extended the deadline for the annual Public Health Service Awards to Feb. 19, and is encouraging community leaders and residents to nominate deserving programs, students and adult volunteers who have contributed to public health in Westchester County.

“Help us recognize these local heroes and inspire others to join us in this work,” said Robert Baker, MD, President of the Westchester County Board of Health. “The Health Department and the Board of Health rely on creative teamwork with community members to promote and improve public health.”

The Dr. Harold Keltz Distinguished Public Health Service Award is presented annually to a person or community-based organization, whose efforts have made an extraordinary contribution to the public health of Westchester residents, but who is not professionally engaged in public health work.

The J.R. Tesone Youth Public Health Service Award is an annual award presented to a student for his or her creative contribution to public health in Westchester. The award was created in 2014 in memory of J.R. Tesone, a Board of Health member with a life-long commitment to the children of Westchester.

The Board will also highlight the compassion, creativity and commitment demonstrated by a select group of nominees to be designated Public Health Honorees.

These awards will be announced and presented in April to spotlight National Public Health Week, and the honorees and their achievements will be featured on the Health Department’s web pages. Recent J.R. Tesone winners have included a teenager who advocated for children affected by cancer, and another who created an “app” to foster communication between teens with Type 1 diabetes. A volunteer who advocated for comprehensive mental health care for low-income residents, as well as non-profit programs that have worked to reduce health disparities, improve health literacy and improve access to care, have also been honored with the Distinguished designation.

Nomination forms are available at www.westchestergov.com/health and should be sent to cqh4@westchestergov.com.

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