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Public Health Month Kick-Off And Luminary Award Ceremony “A Healthier Springfield begins TODAY!”

The City of Springfield Public Health Committee
PUBLIC HEALTH MONTH KICK-OFF and LUMINARY AWARD CEREMONY
THEME: “A Healthier Springfield begins TODAY!”

What: Public Health Month Kick-Off and Luminary Award Ceremony with keynote remarks by Qamaria Amatul-Wadud, Youth Coordinator of Gardening the Community, a youth-based urban agriculture program designed to teach and foster principles of self-sustainability.
Mistress of Ceremonies: Helen R. Caulton-Harris, Director City of Springfield Division of Health and Human Services
Proclamation Offered by: Domenic J. Sarno, Mayor City of Springfield

Where: Springfield City Hall, Ante Room 220

When: Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Contact: Brenda Evans, MPH, Pioneer Valley AHEC
         413.787.6756 or e-mail bevans@springfieldcityhall.com

Public Health Month is a national observance highlighting public health practices and achievements. For Springfield, this month-long celebration draws attention to the cooperative efforts of local institutions, organizations and communities working to address our public health challenges by coordinating events that showcase local efforts.

The City of Springfield and the Public Health Committee will present the 16th annual Luminary Award and the Director’s Award.  The awards promote the recipients contribution towards optimal community, personal and environmental health in Springfield.  The Luminary Award is the highest honor that the Springfield Community of Public Health and Human Service Providers bestow.

The keynote speaker, Qamaria Amatul-Wadud, Youth Coordinator of Gardening the Community, a youth-based urban agriculture program designed to teach and foster principles of self-sustainability.  A 21 year old Springfield native, gardening techniques and practices was instilled in her as a child by her New York-born gardening mother. She has been a member and later a staff member of Gardening the Community since 2004.  Recently, she was honored with an award by the Springfield Food Policy Council entitled “Quamaria Amaatul-Wadud Investment Youth Award”.


Past Recipients of the Luminary Award:
1997 Jeffrey Scavron, MD                                 
1998 Amina Ali                                                    
1999 Mary Hicks-Nicholson                                                                   
2000 Francis Borden Hubbard
2001 Marie Morales Loebl
2002 Rev. Talbert Swan, I
2003 Thu Pham
2004 Judith Mealey
2005 Barbara Farrell
2006 Patricia Moore
2007 Andrew Balder, MD
2008 Frank Robinson, PhD
2009 J. Jay Griffin, Sr.
2010 Michael-Ann Bewsee
2011 Alice M. Hodge, BSN


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