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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is proud to announce that the first-ever winner of the Harold K. Bengsch Award is Dr. J. T. Rogers.
This year, SGCHD developed the Harold K. Bengsch Award to honor Bengsch—the department’s previous long-serving director of public health—and his 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 population.
There is no better embodiment of that collaborative spirit for the inaugural award than Dr. J. T. Rogers.
“Dr. Rogers has been a public health advocate for many decades in Greene County and beyond. His work on community flu vaccine campaigns is the definition of this award,” wrote Adam Whitten, the Director of Primary Care Transformation at Mercy, who nominated him for the award.
“Leading work with the Greene County Medical Society and other organizations and individuals across the community, he allocated funds, helped develop a supply process and targeted a given population underserved by current vaccine process. This program was developed with excellent foundation and continues in operation today.”
Dr. Rogers was also a passionate advocate of Springfield’s smoke-free air ordinances and has been a behind-the-scenes evangelist for public health. His impact in public health extends well beyond just Greene County as well.
It is this sort of collaborative thinking that is the hallmark of the Harold K. Bengsch Award.
SGCHD could think of no better way to highlight the value of public health during National Public Health Week than to give an award named after Bengsch, one of public health’s most vocal supporters and advocates, to Rogers, a man who has been such a strong example of collaboration in our community.
The location itself was also chosen to further celebrate public health collaboration in our area. Jordan Valley Community Health Center arose and has thrived as a resource for underserved populations after a variety of community partners came together and recognized the need.
An award reception honoring Dr. Rogers will be held April 7 at 2 p.m. at Jordan Valley Community Health Center, 440 E. Tampa, Springfield.
For more information about the event, contact: Kathryn Wall, Public Health Information Administrator, Springfield-Greene County Health Department, 417.874.1205. For information or interviews with Harold Bengsch, contact Trysta Herzog, Director of Communications and Public Engagement for Greene County, at 417.868.4140. For interview opportunities with Dr. J. T. Rogers, please contact Sonya Kullmann, Senior Media Relations Specialist for Mercy Springfield, at 417.820.2426.