Award Recipients


Public Health Worker of the Year, which honors a current member of NDPHA for outstanding public health contributions or achievements in the past year.

  • 2017 – Allen Anderson, RD, LRD, Grand Forks Public Health Department, Grand Forks
  • 2016 – Renae Henderson, Rolette County Public Health District in Rolla
  • 2015 – Liz Bonney, Lake Region Health District, Devils Lake
  • 2014 – Penny Hamilton, Director of Nursing, First District Health Unit
  • 2013 – Chelsey Matter, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, Fargo
  • 2012 – Haley Thorson, BSN, RN, Tobacco Prevention Coordinator, Grand Forks Public Health; Lisa Clute, Executive Officer, First District Health Unit, Minot
  • 2011 – Wanda Agnew, PhD, RD, LD, Director, Nutrition Services, Bismarck Burleigh Public Health, Bismarck
  • 2010 – Terri Keehr, Grand Forks Public Health Department, Grand Forks
  • 2009 – Debbie Swanson, Grand Forks Public Health Department, Grand Forks
  • 2008 – Theresa Knox, Grand Forks Public Health Department, Grand Forks
  • 2007 – Carrie Kaltenberg, Grand Forks Public Health Department, Grand Forks
  • 2006 – Barbara Frydenlund, Rolette Co. Public Health District, Rolette
  • 2005 – Jodie Fetch, Custer District Health, Mandan
  • 2004 – Jim Hausauer, Fargo-Cass Public Health, Fargo
  • 2003 – Linda Scott, 1st District Health Unit, Minot

Public Health Team of the Year, which honors a team that has worked collaboratively on a unique, creative, or simply outstanding public health effort, program, or goal in the past year – (At least one team member must be a current NDPHA member).

  • 2017 – Lori Brierley, First District Health Unit, Minot
  • 2016 – Holly Scott, Fargo Cass Public Health
  • 2015 – Joyce Sayler, North Dakota Department of Health, Division of Cancer Prevention & Control, Bismarck, ND
  • 2014 – Theresa Will, RN, BSN, Executive Director, City-County Health District, Valley City
  • 2013 – Bev Voller, Emmons County Public Health, Linton
  • 2012 – Connie Griffin, BSN, RN, Home Health & Health Tracks Supervisor, Bismarck Burleigh Public Health; Jim Heckman, RS, Director of Environmental Health, First District Health Unit, Minot
  • 2011 – Joce Koch, RN, Director of Nurses, Custer Health, Mandan
  • 2010 – Pat McGeary, RN, BSN, CTTS, Coordinator, Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program, Bismarck Burleigh Public Health; and Vicki Voldol Rosenau, Tobacco Prevention Coordinator, City-County Health District, Valley City
  • 2009 – Heidi Heitkamp, Consultant and Lawyer, Mandan
  • 2008 – Senator Judy Lee, ND State Legislature, Fargo; and Representative Clara Sue Price, ND State Legislature, Minot
  • 2007 – Kathleen Mangskau, KM Consulting, Bismarck
  • 2006 – Dede Meidinger, Fargo Cass Public Health, Fargo; and Jill Leppert, North Dakota Department of Health, Bismarck
  • 2005 – Carlotta Ehlis, Southwest District Health Unit, Dickinson
  • 2004 – Ruth Bachmeier, Fargo-Cass Public Health, Fargo
  • 2003 – Vonnie Ereth, Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health, Bismarck
Outstanding Service Award, which honors an individual, either lay or professional, for outstanding work or achievement over their lifetime in the field of public health.
  • 2017 – American Indian Public Health Resource Center (AIPHRC), North Dakota State University
  • 2016 – Walsh County Health District, Grafton, North Dakota
  • 2015 – Alliance for Healthcare Access
  • 2014 – United Tribes Technical College Wellness Circle

2016 Award Winners

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