During the month of April, the Macon County Public Health Center celebrated Public Health Month by recognizing a Public Health Hero. The objective of making this award is to broaden people’s awareness and understanding of the important role that public health plays in all of our lives.
The health center asked the public to submit nominations for individuals who had made an exceptional contribution toward promoting and protecting the health of citizens in Macon County. In addition, the nominees must have performed their services as volunteers without financial compensation.
This year, the Macon County Public Health Center selected Girl Scout Troop #30536 for the 2012 Macon County Public Health Hero. The scouts were cited for their community service including providing health information at community events such as Relay for Life, Paint the Town Purple, Lighten Up 4 Life, Pumpkin Fest, and the Macon County Fair. They also provided community education during National Emergency Preparedness Month, at community flu shot clinics, and during National Public Health Month. The girls also participated in “Project Get Out” a regional program focusing on physical and emotional health.
The nomination submission for the troop said “these young ladies are spreading the message and carrying the torch of public health in their daily lives to their peers, families, community organizations, schools, churches, and the media both locally and state-wide.”
On April 18, Macon County Health Director Jim Bruckner recognized these young ladies at a reception held in their honor. The girls received recognition certificates and awards for their exceptional contributions. Bruckner thanked the girls for the positive impact they have made on public health in Macon County and recognized them for the example they’ve set for youth in the community.
All of the 2012 Public Health Hero nominees were recognized for their exceptional efforts at the April 18th reception. The other 2012 nominees included Dr. Doug Egge, Roberta Swank, Sandra Vannoy, Syble Waters and Dr. Dan Brigman.