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For Release: May 28, 2009
Oklahoma Department of Health Recognizes Outstanding Employees
The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) recognized outstanding employees and agency programs at its annual Employee Recognition Ceremony held in Oklahoma City recently.
“We are pleased to recognize these employees and programs for the outstanding services they provide in their communities,” said Interim Commissioner of Health Rocky McElvany. “Their day-to-day dedication and determination are helping to create a healthier Oklahoma.”
The awards and honorees recognized include the following: County Health Department Employee of the Year – Tracie DeLano, Ottawa County Health Department; Central Office Employee of the Year – Marisa New-Wells, Oklahoma City; Central Office Program of the Year – Immunization Service; and County Health Department of the Year – Carter County Health Department. Their accomplishments are noted below:
County Health Department Employee of the Year: Tracie DeLano, Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coordinator at the Ottawa County Health Department, has made it her mission to reach out to the adolescents in her community. Building upon an idea started by local school-based social workers, DeLano developed the “A Promise to Keep” project. This project targets young girls with a three-fold purpose: to promote positive life choices, to provide accurate information on issues that affect them and their sexuality, and to make them feel worthy of making good choices. More than 170 girls attended a one-day “A Promise to Keep” conference in Miami and Tracie has been asked to repeat the conference for high school students in other school systems.
Employee of the Year were Cheryl Peters, Garfield County Health Department; Graciela Ruiz, Jackson County Health Department; Richard Forbes, Creek County Health Department; and Ben May, Mayes County Health Department. Central Office Employee of the Year finalists included Anthony Lee, Acute Disease Service; Patsy Leisering, Information Technology; Sheryll Brown, Injury Prevention Service; and Suzanna Dooley, Maternal and Child Health Service.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health is the public health authority responsible for protecting and promoting the health of the citizens of Oklahoma. The number of agency employees total about 2,200 and are located at the central office in Oklahoma City and in 68 county health departments. The Employee Recognition Awards were selected from nominations for accomplishments occurring in 2008, with final approval awarded by the Oklahoma State Board of Health.
For more information about the OSDH Employee Recognition Program and those recognized, contact Patti Ream, (405) 271-4171 or email@example.com.
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