2006 Betty Hubbard Award Recipients

2006 Betty Hubbard Award Recipients

from left to right:

Noya Woodrich, MCH Advisory Task Force Chair
Judy Voss and Candace Lindow-Davies, Award Recipients
Carol Woolverton, Assistant Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Health

Two health professionals received awards for contributions to maternal and child health

Minnesota Assistant Commissioner of Health Carol Woolverton presented the 17th annual Betty Hubbard Maternal and Child Health Leadership Awards to Judy Voss, Rochester, and Candace Lindow-Davies, St. Paul. The awards, which recognize leadership and achievements in promoting good health for mothers and children, were presented at the Maternal and Child Health Advisory Task Force meeting on December 1, 2006.

The annual awards are presented in two categories: one that recognizes achievements at the community level and one that recognizes accomplishments of statewide significance. Voss, Olmsted County Associate Director of Public Health, received the community award. Lindow-Davies, family support coordinator at Lifetrack Resources, received the statewide award.

“This year's award recipients have unselfishly dedicated themselves to improving the health and well being of mothers, children and families in Minnesota," Woolverton said. "This kind of commitment symbolizes the leadership, devotion, and advocacy that have characterized past recipients of the Betty Hubbard Award.”

Judy Voss received the community award for her 33-year commitment to public health at Olmsted County Public Health Services.

She formed the Olmsted County Coordinated School Health Council to focus on school health policy and practices. The accomplishments of this group have resulted in improved school nutrition services, policies limiting soft drinks in schools, decisions to maintain health and physical education classes and the hiring of professional health office staff in most schools buildings.

Voss was instrumental in Olmsted County's successful effort to pass Minnesota's first countywide smoke free ordinance, which has resulted in healthier restaurant environments for families and restaurant workers.

She has partnered with Mayo Clinic and Olmsted Medical Group in numerous efforts, such as the Multicultural Healthcare Alliance, asthma prevention and obesity prevention in children. She has brought public and private partners together to address emerging public health issues such as violence prevention, eliminating health disparities and obesity prevention.

Voss also piloted a peer education program, Teen Life Concerns, which has been in the Rochester schools for the past 20 years and featured a national conferences. Last year, Voss partnered with the public schools to provide public health nursing follow-up for children referred for health or developmental concerns from preschool screenings.

Voss manages the STEPS to a Healthier U.S. grant, which uses innovative approaches to teach children and families about good nutrition and exercise. As a member of the Olmsted County Children's Mental Health Collaborative, Voss advocates for prevention and early intervention in children's mental health, including support for screening children birth to five years.

Candace Lindow-Davies, a parent of a child who is deaf, received the statewide award for her support and advocacy for families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. For the past five years, Lindow-Davies has developed and coordinated services for the Family Support Connection at Lifetrack Resources. She has provided information and support to hundreds of parents, children and families learning of their child's hearing loss.

Under her leadership, Family Support Connection has developed a Web site for families, updated and expanded a lending library, provided educational workshops throughout the state, served and partnered with more than 300 Minnesota parents and professionals, and developed an electronic newsletter that goes to more than 600 parents, professionals and schools.

Lindow-Davies developed a database that links a parent of a newly diagnosed child to a parent who has chosen a particular communication or medical option to serve as a resource. She also created a state chapter of Hands and Voices, a nonprofit organization that offers support to families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

This year, Lindow-Davies secured funding, hired and trained six additional family support specialists located regionally to provide services to families throughout Minnesota. These mentors are parents of children with hearing loss who can offer other parents support and encouragement.

She advocates for children with hearing loss by testifying before the Legislature. She provides guidance and support to parents in playing the role of advocate, both for the individual needs of their child and on public policy issues.

The Betty Hubbard Awards have been presented annually since 1990.  They are sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Health and the state Maternal and Child Health Advisory Task Force. They are named in honor of Betty Hubbard, one of the original members of the MCH Task force and a lifelong advocate for the health of mothers and children. 

More information can be found on the Minnesota Department of Health Web site at: www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/mchatf/bettyhubbard.html.