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Health Department environmental health specialist receives Harry Grant Award

This news story was published on May 11, 2019.
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Mark Mathre

MASON CITY  –  Mark Mathre, CFSP, has been named the 2019 recipient of the Harry Grant Award.  The Harry Grant Award is given by the Iowa Public Health Association. It is intended to be awarded only to individuals who exemplify superior life time performance in environmental health. This award is not given out each year, but only awarded when a candidate comes along who went above and beyond to give service to the public and fellow professionals.

Mathre has served as an Environmental Health Specialist for the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health for 26 years. During his tenure, he has developed mastery level skills in local environmental health programming including: food facility inspections, onsite wastewater permitting and inspections, tanning bed and tattoo parlor inspections, pool and spa inspections, and vector control programs. He has authored and implemented many county ordinances and programs.

Most recently, Mathre has been instrumental with implementing a $1.384 million HUD Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes grant producing at least 48 lead safe and healthy homes in Cerro Gordo County.

“Implementing a grant of this magnitude is not possible without committed, dedicated, and well established professionals like Mark,” said Brian Hanft, Director of Public Health. “Mark quietly delivers outstanding Environmental Health services to our county residents. He is a real expert in his field.”

Mark was recognized during the Iowa Governor’s Conference on Public Health on April 23, 2019.

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