On October 29, 2015, the the historic Denver Mestizo-Curtis Park was honored as a Neighborhood Gem at the 2015 Mayor’s Design Award ceremony. The effort to redevelop and revitalize this park can be credited in large part to the leadereship of Geraldolyn Horton-Harris (ALTP 2014 & LHCD 2015). In addition to this most recent award, Geraldolyn has received multiple recognitions in connection with her work on the park, including personal acknowledgements from both a Denver Council Member and the Mayor, and a surprise award from the Black Arts Council during an official playground opening ribbon cutting in July of 2015. The Mestizo-Curtis Park project was also selected as a City Parks Alliance 2015 Frontline Park, and has been highlighted by the Trust for Public Land. An OpEd piece by Dottie Lamm provides an excellent tribute to Geraldolyn’s collaborative and inclusive leadership style. Well done!
The Vail Daily gives a nod to four RIHEL alumni for the visioning survey they conducted with residents of the town of Gypsum, Colorado. These four alumni, Katie Haas, John-Ryan Lockman, Jeff Pieper, and Kris Valdez, came together as an Eagle County Team to participate in our Leadership for Healthy Community Design (LHCD) Program. The survey was a part of their LHCD program community project to improve health and the environment through the built environment. Kudos to this group of dedicated alumni and community leaders!
In March 2015, Julissa Soto, Director of Latino Initiatives for the American Diabetes Association, received the Colorado Nonprofit Association’s prestigious William Funk Award for Building Stronger Communities for her work helping the immigrant community. Congratulations Julissa!
The William Funk Award recognizes exceptional leaders who are capable of bringing together communities to define and solve problems. Soto’s dynamic leadership and extensive outreach efforts allow the Association to reach 70,000+ Latinos each year to provide culturally competent, linguistically appropriate health education and disease prevention services. “I am honored to receive this award and work with many great organizations, but realize there is still a lot of work to be done,” said Soto. “My community is ready for the changes happening in the state. My job is to be the voice and face of those who feel they can’t speak up to improve healthcare for the immigrant community. I look forward to continuing this important work.”
Julissa Soto is an alumna of the Advanced Leadership Training Program (ALTP) Class of 2011.
Aimee Voth Siebert (ALTP 2014) recently shared with RIHEL about some recognition she received for the leadership project that she seeded in her ALTP.
…[my RIHEL] leadership project is now blossoming in new and unexpected ways! The project (mapping community inclusion indicators) received a very humbling recognition from the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) National Network as a “promising practice” in emergency management that is inclusive of people with disabilities. …I thought it was high time that I reconnected, and added a story to the many others you have about how RIHEL is an empowering program that can do great things.
Thank you for sharing your news with us, Aimee. We are delighted to add your story to our collection. Congratulations on the recognition of your project and all of the great things that YOU are doing!
(Image: Aimee presenting her project poster at a National Association of County and City Health Officials Conference.)
Aime Voth Siebert is a Disaster Behavioral Health Specialist and the Community Inclusion Coordinator for the Colorado Office of Emergency Preparedness & Response at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Several RIHEL Alumni and a former Board Member were recognized this fall at their annual professional conferences. Congratulations to you all! You make us proud!
Public Health in the Rockies 2014
Awards presented at the Public Health in the Rockies 2014 Annual Conference. Hosted this year by the Colorado Public Health Association (CPHA), the Colorado Society for Public Health Education (COSOPHE), the Public Health Nurses Association of Colorado (PHNAC), and the Wyoming Public Health Association (WPHA). Held in Fort Collins, Colorado on September 17-29, 2014. Download the Publich Health in the Rockies Awards Brochure.
Retired, Jefferson County Health Department
RIHEL Governing Board 2009-2011
Roy Cleere Distinguished Service Award (given by CPHA). The award goes to someone who is a member of CPHA and has made an outstanding contribution to the field of public health in Colorado. The Colorado Public Health Association’s Distinguished Service Award was renamed in 1974 in honor of Dr. Cleere who was the director of the Colorado Department of Health for 38 years.
Advanced Leadership Training Program Class of 2012
Award for Excellence in the Promotion of Health Equity (given by CPHA, COSOPHE AND PHNAC). This award acknowledges and celebrates individuals, organizations and/or teams engaged in efforts to advance the understanding of health equity, health disparities, social determinants of health and greater access and opportunities for communities throughout Colorado.
Jefferson County Health Department
Leadership for Resilience Class of 2009
Lifetime Achievement Award (gven by CPHA). This award honors an individual who has retired from full-time employment in public health, in recognition of their outstanding contributions and leadership in the field of public health.
CEHA AEC 2014
Boulder County Health Department
Advanced Leadership Training Program Class of 2014
Enivornmental Health Innovation Award. This award is presented to a CEHA Member or organization for creating a new idea, practice, or product that has had a positive impact on improving the environment/public health and quality of life. The purpose of this award is to recognize individuals or teams that have made an innovative contribution to improving the environment and/or protecting public health and to encourage other professionals to search for creative solutions. Change that promotes or improves the environment is the foundation of this award.
Broomfield Health and Environment
Advanced Leadership Training Program Class of 2006
Milton M. Miller Award. Each Year CEHA honors one of its own members with the prestigious Milton M. Miller Award. This award is given to an outstanding Environmental Health Professional in the state of Colorado.
Certificate of Appreication
Boulder County Public Health
Advanced Leadership Training Program Class of 2009
CEHA President 2014-2015
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Advanced Leadership Training Program Class of 2012
Certificate of Appreciation
Garfield County Public Health
Advanced Leadership Training Program Class of 2006
Environmental Health Achievement Award – CEHA. This award is presented to an Environmental Health professionals working in the field of Environmental Health, but not employed in an administrative position. The recipients must be a member of CEHA and is selected on the basis of their helpful, courteous and professional service in working with the public and fellow professionals, and whose service brings credibility and respect to the field of Environmental Health.
Yolanda Duran, alumna of the ALTP Class of 2008, receives Supervisor of the Quarter award. Yolanda is the Data Management Bureau Chief at the New Mexico Department of Transportation, and was formerly employed at the New Mexico Department of Health as the Health Systems Preparedness Coordinator.
The 2013 Public Health in the Rockies Conference, a shared endeavor of the Colorado Public Health Association (CPHA), Colorado Society for Public Health Education (COSOPHE), and the Public Health Nurses Association of Colorado (PHNAC) in Breckenridge awarded “Gold Nuggets of Public Health” to six RIHEL faculty, board members, and alumni of the Advanced Leadership Training Program (ALTP) for their impact on the field of public health in Colorado. We are so proud of the work and outstanding examples of leadership each of the award winners demonstrates.
Carl Larson, RIHEL faculty member, received the Sabin Award given by CPHA for achievement in public health by someone not employed full time in public health. Carl received this award for his commitment to developing health and environmental leaders throughout Colorado as a RIHEL faculty member.
Lorenzo Olivas, former RIHEL Board Member, was the inaugural recipient of the Award for Excellence in the Promotion of Health Equity given by CPHA, PHNAC and COSOPHE to individuals, organizations and/or teams engaged in efforts to advance the understanding of health equity, health disparities, social determinants of health and greater access and opportunities for communities throughout Colorado. Lorenzo received this award for his work as a significant advocate for health equity as the Minority Health Consultant for the US Department of Health and Human Services in Region VIII.
Jeanne Nicholson, current board member of the Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment (RIHEL’s parent organization, and as of April 2018, known as Trailhead Institute), received the Award for Legislative Excellence given by CPHA to someone who has been highly visible in efforts within Colorado in support of public health issues. Jeanne received this award for her steadfast dedication to raising and defending public health issues while servicing as a Colorado State Senator and previously as a County Commissioner.
Kris Wenzel, alumna ALTP Class of 2012, was awarded the CPHA Lifetime Achievement Award, honoring an individual who was, but is no longer employed full time in public health for their outstanding contributions and leadership in the field of public health. Kris received this award for her lifetime commitment to the development of future nurses, medicine and public health professionals as the Director of the Central Colorado AHEC. Kris passed away on August 2, 2013, her husband and daughter received the award in her honor.
Dan Hendershott, alumnus ALTP Class of 2012, received the award for Technical Innovation in Public Health given by CPHA to someone who has made an outstanding contribution in the field of physical sciences. Dan received this award for his creation and ongoing development of Myth Busters, a locally produced show expelling common public and environmental health myths. Myth Busters was also Dan’s ALTP Leadership Project.
Carol McDonald, alumna ALTP Class of 2005, received the PHNAC Award for Excellence given to a public health nurse who has made outstanding contributions in the field of public health and public health nursing over a period of several years and has demonstrated exemplary leadership and service to take public health nursing into the future. Carol received this award for her fostering of future public health nurses through working with students and continued dedication to public health nursing practice and professional development.
These examples of leadership are all motivators to each of us as we tackle the issues of public and environmental health through the region. For more information about each of the awards and award recipients check out the brochure from the event.
In the early part of each year, the Public Health Nursing Association of Colorado (PHNAC) holds an annual conference to educate and train public health nurses from across Colorado. This past February 19-20, PHNAC held their 2014 Annual Winter Conference for more than 80 public health nurses and other public health professionals at the Inverness Hotel and Conference Center in Englewood, Colorado. We are pleased to acknowledge the RIHEL graduates and friends who contributed to this successful conference:
- RIHEL gradutes Carol McDonald (the current president of PHNAC), Rita Beam, Penny Grande, and Alix Hopkins all participated in the conference planning committee.
- Aaron Templer, a newly engaged RIHEL faculty member, was selected as a keynote and closing speaker. Given the 2014 conference theme, Public Health Nurses – Partners for Change, the planning committee selected Aaron Templer to address the issue of leading change in tumultuous times. Aaron’s presentation focused on Values Based Leadership as a means for leading change. His demonstrations and real-life examples brought the principles to life and engaged participants throughout the presentation. Aaron’s closing session focused on how to tell a story to compel people to follow you. Using real stories told by nurses in the room, he was able to truly demonstrate the power of personal stories.
- Several RIHEL graduates demonstrated their leadership prowess as session presenters:
- Dawn James presented on public health nursing competencies.
- Lynn Trefren presented on the new work of the Immunization Section at CDPHE.
- Suzuho Shimasaki presented on using health equity in public health nursing practice.
- Kim Boyd presented on the use of conflict and change in public health nursing practice
Bravo to all of you! We applaud your leadership and contributions to public health nursing in Colorado, and are proud to have you as a part of the RIHEL family.