Nominating and Awards Workgroup

State Community Health Services Advisory Committee (SCHSAC)

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  • Review the awards process and recommend to the Executive Committee modifications, as necessary, to fulfill the intent of the awards.
  • Solicit and select nominees for the Jim Parker Leadership Award, Commissioner's Award for Distinguished Service in Community Health Services, Award for Outstanding Dedication to Local Public Health, the Jack Korlath Partnership Award, the Lou Fuller Award for Distinguished Service in Eliminating Health Disparities, and the Certificates of Recognition, to be presented at the annual Community Health Conference.
  • Prepare a ballot for the election of the SCHSAC Chair-Elect in December.


The Nominating and Awards Workgroup is responsible for establishing a nominating process and selecting recipients for the annual Community Health Awards (Learn more: Community Health Awards).

The Nominating and Awards Workgroup is a standing committee of the SCHSAC. The workgroup may consider changes to the selection criteria for the CHS awards and also may make recommendations to the SCHSAC for new awards. The SCHSAC Operating Procedures provide guidance on the awards and nomination process.

The Nominating and Awards Workgroup is also responsible for supervising the nominations and election of the Chair-Elect, as specified in the SCHSAC Operating Procedures.


Membership will consist of three to five representatives of community health boards. The subcommittee will meet two to three times via conference calls.


  • Bev Bales, Horizon Community Health Board, Chair
  • Bonnie Brueshoff, Dakota County Community Health Board
  • Cynthia Bennett, Aitkin-Itasca-Koochiching Community Health Board
  • Wilhelmina Holder, MDH Office of Minority and Multicultural Health Advisory Committee
  • Helene Kahlstorf, North Country Community Health Board
  • Kathy Krenik-Minkler, Isanti-Mille Lacs Community Health Board


The Office of Performance Improvement will provide staff support to this activity.