Local Health Executives, Health Officers Recognized with 2021 Beverlee A. Myers Award for Excellence in Public Health
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) this week announced it has awarded the 2021 Beverlee A. Myers Award for Excellence in Public Health, its highest and most prestigious award, to California Local Public Health Directors and California Local Public Health Officers.
Established in 1993 in honor of the late Beverlee A. Myers, the award reflects the leadership and dedication to all aspects of public health improvement that Ms. Myers demonstrated throughout her 25-year career, which included her service as the director of the California Department of Health Services from 1978 to 1983. CDPH typically presents one award per year, but at the height of the pandemic in 2021, CDPH determined two awards were appropriate.
The following awardees were recognized in a Thursday awards ceremony convened by CDPH:
- 2020 Recipient – Richard J. Jackson, MD, MPH
- 2021 Recipients – California Local Public Health Directors
- 2021 Recipients – California Local Public Health Officers
- 2022 Recipient – Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, MD, PhD
Accepting the award on behalf of local public health directors was CHEAC Past President and Alameda County Health Care Services Agency Director Colleen Chawla. Accepting the award on behalf of local public health officers was CCLHO Past President and Napa County Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Relucio.
CHEAC expresses our sincere gratitude and hearty congratulations to California’s local public health officials for their continued leadership, bravery, and dedication to all of California’s communities.
A press release from CHEAC about the recognition is available here.