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Health Department opens nominations for 2013 Joseph Jabaily Public Health Hero Award

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Department: Health & Environment
Release Date: Jan 10, 2013

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Jane Viste


The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment is taking nominations for the eighth Joseph Jabaily Public Health Hero Award.  The Jabaily award was created by the Larimer County Board of Health in honor and in memory of Dr. Joseph Jabaily, a Loveland neurologist, community activist, volunteer and member of many boards in the county who died tragically after an accident in a charity bicycle race in summer of 2004. 

            The award honors an individual or group who has contributed in an extraordinary way to public health or has made an outstanding contribution to public health over time.  Nominations must be submitted in writing, either online or on a PDF file from the award website at  Nominations are due by 5 PM on Friday, February 22, 2013. 

            Individual criteria for nominees are:

§  Nominees must either live or work in Larimer County.

§  Nominee does not need to be a public health professional (could be a judge, a volunteer, a teacher etc).

§  Nominations can be either for an individual or a team effort.

§  Nominee cannot be a current employee of the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment or a current Board of Health member. 

             Former recipients of the Joseph Jabaily Public Health Hero Award include environmental scientist Frank Vertucci, Ph.D., 2006; local obstetrician/gynecologist Larry Kieft, MD, 2007; Jane Higgins, MD, Physician at CSU’s Hartshorn Health Service, 2008; Lupe Harbison, 2009, an outreach worker and women’s  health promatora in the Latino community; Carol Plock and the Health District of Northern Larimer County, 2010; Ginny Riley, director or Larimer County Human Services, 2011; and Jennifer Anderson, PhD,  retired professor in CSU’s Dept. of Food Science and Human Nutrition.   

            At the time of his death, Jabaily was running for State Legislature, hoping to improve public health, health care and educational problems in Colorado. 

            “We still miss Joe’s presence and commitment to public health,” said Dr. Adrienne LeBailly, director of the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment.     “This award helps honor that same selfless spirit in others.”

            For more information, visit  Or, call 970-498-6700.


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