Springfield-Greene County Health Department News Releases

Posted on: February 6, 2017

Feb 6, 2017 - Announcing Harold K. Bengsch award honoring leadership in public health collaboration

Photo of Harold K. Bengsch. Text to the left of photo reads--nominations open for the 2017 Harold K. Bengsch Award.

Perhaps no single individual has had a greater impact on public health in Greene County than Harold K. Bengsch. 

Bengsch worked for the Springfield-Greene County Health Department for 45 years, serving as director for 20 years, before retiring in 2004. He lived SGCHD’s mission to Protect and improve community health through education, collaboration and prevention. 

To honor his significant impact, and to recognize leaders in our community, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department has created the Harold K. Bengsch Award. The award will honor Bengsch’s unwavering belief in the value of collaboration and cross-sector approaches. The public health system works best when people across our community—healthcare professionals to community leaders and anyone in between—collaborate to improve the health of our community. 

“We are blessed with those in our community who go about their day-to-day duties and volunteer activities while quietly mobilizing others to become involved in addressing overarching issues that impact our community’s quality of life,” Bengsch said. “These folks are the true movers and shakers who attract little attention to themselves while giving the credit to others. I call them the ‘silent servants of our community.’ My hope is that the award recognition will call attention to their dedicated efforts.” 

The behind-the-scenes nature of public health, often referenced as an invisible blanket of protection, is a result of a system that is working well. However, those who are leaders in prevention do not often get well-deserved credit for their actions. The Harold K. Bengsch Award is designed to recognize such efforts. 

“We are blessed in the Ozarks region to have partners who deeply care about the health of our community. We are excited for this opportunity to show our appreciation,” Director of Health Kevin Gipson said. 

SGCHD encourages nominations of individuals from across all fields of public health and a range of career paths, including: service in local leadership, advocacy, business efforts, newcomers to public health practice or for career achievement. Nominations of individuals from traditional and non-traditional public health organizations are encouraged. 

A full description of the award and nomination criteria are attached and can also be found at the website below. 

Nominations open today and will be collected through March 6. Those wishing to nominate leaders in public health should visit http://health.springfieldmo.gov/BengschAward for the online nomination form. The recipient will be honored at an award reception on April 7, with more details to follow.

For more information on the award, contact: Kathryn Wall, Public Health Information Administrator, Springfield-Greene County Health Department, (417) 874-1205 or kwall@springfieldmo.gov. Harold Bengsch, Associate Commissioner, can be reached via Trysta Herzog, Greene County Director of Communications, at 417.868.4140 or therzog@greenecountymo.gov.

Online nomination form
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