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Health Department receives awards from Governor’s office

This news story was published on June 28, 2014.
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MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health is one of fourteen Iowa organizations and businesses to receive Environmental Excellence awards from Gov. Terry E. Branstad. These awards are designed to recognize leadership and innovation in managing our state’s natural resources. They are the premiere environmental honors in Iowa.

“The innovations that have been made by the award recipients to benefit Iowa’s citizens both economically and environmentally are to be commended. They showcase the commitment being made to make Iowa a better state now and into the future,” said Branstad.

The Health Department is one of four organizations to receive the Environmental Excellence Award. “As a Health Department, we have a vision for improving population health through public health policy. Over the decades, we have used that vision to establish a roadmap for producing positive change in public health. By receiving the Environmental Excellence Award, it recognizes over 25 years of environmental progress and leadership by our department. We are honored to receive this award, and will continue to provide advanced public health programming to Cerro Gordo County residents,” said Ron Osterholm, Health Director at the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health.

The Health Department is also one of three organizations to receive special recognition in Water Quality. “To be recognized as a leader in water quality by Governor Branstad is an honor. The success of our water program would not be possible without the exemplary work by department staff and our many partners: Dr. Douglas Schnoebelen with the University of Iowa, Iowa’s State Hygienic Lab, Shawver Well Company, Iowa DNR, and many others. These partnerships and projects have received attention on a state and national level. Our health department is one of very few departments to receive two Centers for Disease Control grants to improve water quality: an Arsenic grant and an Unregulated Drinking Water Systems grant. The Water Quality Special Project award gives recognition to the substantial improvement in water quality in Cerro Gordo County,” said Brian Hanft, Environmental Health Service Manager at the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health.

Gov. Branstad will present awards to the recipients at a recognition ceremony at 3 p.m. on July 15 in the Wallace Building auditorium, located at 502 East Ninth St. in Des Moines. The public is invited to attend.

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