Commissioner's Award for Distinguished Service in Community Health Services - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Commissioner's Award for Distinguished Service in Community Health Services

This award recognizes individuals or groups who have contributed to advancement in the field of public health.

This Year's Recipient
About this Award
Eligibility & Nominations
Past Honorees

 

2019 Commissioner's Award for Distinguished Service in Community Health Services Recipient

Dorothy Bliss, planner, Minnesota Department of Health

Dorothy has contributed new energy and ideas for public health by expanding the understanding of what creates health. During Dorothy's 30-year career, her commitment to public health and its core value of social justice has led her to expand the conversation about what creates health by focusing on and elevating the key conditions that create health and actions to improve them. Dorothy was the primary author of the 2012 and 2017 statewide health assessments, and the editor and a contributor to the 2014 report to the Legislature, Advancing Health Equity in Minnesota (PDF). The 2012 assessment led with the conditions that create health and ended with health outcomes—at the time, this was revolutionary and recognized nationally.

Dorothy Bliss, planner, Minnesota Department of Health

 

About this Award

The Commissioner's Award for Distinguished Service in Community Health Services was created in 1992 to acknowledge long-term contributions, involvement, achievement and commitment to CHS. The recipients of this award have demonstrated this kind of long-term commitment, and have contributed to advancement within the public health field.

 

Eligibility & Nominations

Eligibility requirements include: Current SCHSAC member or alternate member, local community health services staff, local advisory committee member, elected official, volunteer, or past local and state health staff. Nominate an individual or group for this award.

 

Past Honorees

  • 2019 Dorothy Bliss, Minnesota Department of Health
  • 2018 Sandy Tubbs, Horizon Public Health
  • 2017 Mary Heckman, Goodhue County Health & Human Services
  • 2016 LuAnn Reif, College of St. Benedict's / St. John's University
  • 2015 Shannon Bailey, Dakota County Public Health
  • 2014 Ann Stehn, Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services
  • 2013 Carol Schefers, Wright County Public Health
  • 2012 Sue Zuidema, formerly of Hennepin County
  • 2011 Lois Ahern, Freeborn County
  • 2010 Marina McManus, Anoka County
  • 2009 Del Hurt, Carver County
  • 2008 Becky Felling, Meeker County
  • 2007 Lt. Phil Bartusek, Albert Lea Police Department
  • 2006 Wayne Carlson, Minnesota Dept. of Health
  • 2005 Mary McGlothlin, Washington County
  • 2004 Karen Zilliox, Minnesota Dept. of Health
  • 2003 Carol Carlson, Crow Wing County
  • 2002 Lori Wedeking, Minnesota Dept. of Health
  • 2001 Donna Anderson, Dakota County
  • 2000 Theresa St. Onge, Minnesota Dept. of Health
  • 1999 Virginia Rootkie, Pine County
  • 1998 Robert Bambrino, Stearns County
  • 1997 Vonna Henry, Sherburne County
  • 1996 Signe Hill, Winona County
  • 1995 Bonnie Frederickson, Nobles-Rock Counties
  • 1994 Michael Duffy, Carlton-Cook-Lake-Saint Louis Counties
  • 1993 Rosemary Lamson, Cook County
  • 1992 Ann Moorhous, Minnesota Dept. of Health