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2018 MPHA Awards

MPHA recognized and celebrated the following individuals on September 18 at the MPHA Annual Conference and Meeting for the work they are doing to advance the public's health. 


Early Impact Award- honors a individual who has made an impact within the first 2-5 years of working in public health 

  • Kristine Oostermeyer- RiverStone Health
        "Recognizing your tireless efforts to eliminate health disparities at the county schools, integrating pharmacology experience and knowledge into practice, while promoting wellness efforts in the classroom."     

Exemplary Service Awards- regional award honoring an individual's exemplary performance in public health ( limited to five per year, one per region)

  • Gayle Shirley- Lewis and Clark Health Department Region 4
       “ In recognition of your tireless efforts in raising awareness about public health.  We honor your outstanding talents as a writer, researcher, and graphic designer to enhance communications, PHAB accreditation efforts, and dedicated service as the county Public Information Officer. .

  • Karen Graf- RiverStone Health Region 3
        “In recognition of your impact on shaping the lives of children through supporting the social, physical, and behavioral health needs while managing and inspiring rural school nurses and working

  • Courtney Buys- Montana Primary Care Association Region 5
        “In recognition of your role in MT Medicaid expansion, colorectal cancer screening, advocating for better data collection initiatives, and leadership in the Cancer Coalition and especially bringing quality improvement perspectives to that work..

Career Achievement Award- honors a strong commitment to public health, given to those with at least 25 years of public health service to Montana

  • Kathy Helmuth- Richland County Health Department

        "Recognizing 27 years of Public Health service including program management, leading performance management and quality improvement initiatives, while ensuring that policies are in place to promote health in the long term."






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