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Nominations for the 2020 Harold K. Bengsch honoree are now open.
The Springfield-Greene County Health Department encourages the nomination of individuals from across all fields of public health and a range of career paths. Those nominated could be honored for significant contributions such as service in local leadership, public health advocacy, business efforts, newcomers to public health practice or career achievement. Nominating individuals from traditional or non-traditional public health organizations is welcomed.
The following criteria have been established for this recognition. The award recipient will:
Nominations will be collected through March 13. Those wishing to nominate leaders in public health should visit health.springfieldmo.gov/BengschAward for the online nomination form. The recipient will be honored at an award reception during National Public Health Week in April, with more details to follow.
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.
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.