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Lee Thielen named Public Health Hero

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Department: Health & Environment
Release Date: Apr 28, 2014

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Jane Viste

The Larimer County Board of Health is pleased to announce that Lee Thielen has been chosen to receive the 2014 Joseph Jabaily Public Health Hero Award. The award is given yearly in honor and remembrance of the many contributions to improving health and commitment to public service of Dr. Joseph Jabaily, a Loveland neurologist who died tragically in a charity bicycle race in the summer of 2004.

Thielen’s career in public health has had a wide reach and has included positions addressing local, state and national public health efforts. She served for 16 years as Associate Director, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and was the founder and Executive Director, of the Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials (CALPHO) and the Public Health Alliance of Colorado. She has served on the boards of the Health District of Northern Larimer County, the Poudre Valley Hospital Board, the MCR Foundation Board, and the Larimer County Board of Health. Thielen is currently a member of the advisory committee to the Center for Public Health Practice at the Colorado School of Public Health and a member of the Health Committee of the League of Women Voters.

Thielen will be recognized with a presentation of the Jabaily Award at a reception in her honor in July.

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; Jennifer Anderson, PhD, retired Professor in the department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at CSU in 2012; and Austin Bailey, Jr, MD, program director for the Family Medicine Center, Fort Collins, and founder of the Family Practice Residency Program, 2013.

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