FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 12, 2017
Lane County Health & Human Services
Public Information Officer
LANE COUNTY ANNOUNCES ANNUAL EXCELLENCE IN PUBLIC HEALTH AWARD RECIPIENTS
LANE COUNTY, OR — In recognition of National Public Health Week, Lane County Public Health (LCPH) and the Lane County Board of County Commissioners acting as the Board of Health honored the HIV Alliance and Jack Tripp of the Eugene Mission as the recipients of the annual Excellence in Public Health Awards. Every year, Lane County Public Health staff nominates one (1) individual and one (1) organization who have demonstrated excellence in helping to make Lane County a healthier place to live, work and play for consideration from the Board.
“These awards are more than a formality for us,” said Dr. Jocelyn Warren, Lane County Public Health Manager.“This is a way for us to recognize our community partners who have gone above and beyond in their work to improve the overall quality of life for the people of Lane County.”
Below are the nominations for this year’s recipients.
HIV Alliance was formed in Eugene in 1994 to support individuals living with HIV/AIDS and prevent new HIV infections. Over the years, state public health funding for HIV prevention has suffered severe cuts. To ensure the important work of HIV support and prevention continues, HIV Alliance widened their scope of service to include care coordination, nurse management, and pharmaceutical support to people living with HIV/AIDS in 11 counties in Oregon. In the past year, during two new HIV outbreaks in Lane County, HIV Alliance worked closely with state and local Public Health to mobilize testing, launch targeted media campaigns, conduct outreach to limit further exposure in the community, and to set up needle exchanges. Currently HIV Alliance is the only organization in Lane County providing needle exchange – a vital HIV prevention service.
Jack Tripp, Eugene Mission and Wellness Center: In the years since he became the Executive Director, Jack Tripp has transformed the Mission from a traditional shelter into a wellness-focused program for homeless men, women, and families. Despite a devastating fire last year, Tripp and the Mission staff continued to provide the usual 800 meals per day in makeshift spaces while remaking and improving the original kitchen space. The Mission also provides 350-400 beds each night. In recognition that poor health is a major cause of homelessness, the services provided by the Mission include not only hot meals and warm beds but support in transitioning to more permanent housing and employment with assertive social services case management and counseling. Approximately 3000 unique individuals were served last year
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