Public Health Leader Receives National Recognition

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A local public health

official has received

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national recognition for her

leadership during the pandemic

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that resulted in the

lowest infection rates

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and highest vaccination rates in Colorado.

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I’m Wendy Graham Settle,

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Liane Jollon, Executive Director

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of San Juan Basin Public Health

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has received the American

Medical Association’s,

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Nathan Davis award for

outstanding government service

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at the local level.

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The award is considered to be

one of the most prestigious

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national honors bestowed

on election officials

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and career government employees.

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Colorado Senator Michael Bennet

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nominated Jollon for the award.

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She received the award virtually.

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I have to say I laughed a

little when I learned this award

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is for a career public

servant at the local level.

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If we’ve learned anything,

living through a global pandemic

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it’s that we’re all in this together.

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It’s not one public servant or one person,

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it’s everyone doing the right thing

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in communities and in public health

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who deserve this recognition.

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This includes all the

superheroes across Colorado’s

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53 local public health agencies

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who spent the past year

sacrificing in every way imaginable

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to fight COVID-19,

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one classroom outbreak, one

mask, one nursing home tragedy

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and one contentious

agonizing decision at a time.

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In a news release about the honor,

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Bennett called Jollon’s leadership

and scientific integrity

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during the pandemic a model

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for thousands of public health

leaders throughout Colorado

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and the country.

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The Colorado School of Public Health noted

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that the public health

emergency response in Archuleta

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and La Plata counties

under Jollon’s leadership

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resulted in the lowest

cumulative infection rate

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and highest vaccination rate in the state.

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The Dr. Nathan Davis Award

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for outstanding government service

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recognizes elected and career officials

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in federal, state and local service

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who have made outstanding

contributions to medicine

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and the betterment of public health.

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Jollon was one of only five

award recipients this year.

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If you’d like to know more about the award

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visit the American Medical

Association’s website

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at ama-assn.org.

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Congratulations to Jollon

for the well-deserved award.

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Thanks for watching this edition

of the Local News Network.

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