NC Association of Local Health Directors Honors Health Director of the Year, Legislator of the Year, Ham Stevens Award Winner, and Partner Organization for Contributions to Improving Public Health
On Wednesday, January 23, 2019, the North Carolina Association of Local Health Directors honored Carolyn Moser of Pender County as Health Director of the Year, State Representative Josh Dobson as Legislator of the Year, Samuel Lewis Beck from the Jackson County Department of Public Health as The Ham Stevens Award Winner, and Advocates for Health in Action Wake County, as well as Greater Charlotte Apartment Association Mecklenburg County with the 2019 Public Health Partners Award.
The awards were given at the NCALHD annual meeting awards luncheon in Raleigh. The awards luncheon was held in conjunction with the 2019 North Carolina Public Health Leaders’ Conference, also in Raleigh.
The 2019 North Carolina Health Director of the Year Award was presented to Carolyn Moser of Pender County. This award was created by the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners and is implemented through the North Carolina Association of Local Health Directors, an affiliate of the NCACC and is given to an individual for outstanding leadership in both public health in North Carolina and for leadership and involvement in local community and civic activities.
Carolyn has been a public health leader for over 36 years and has served as nurse, State Health Consultant in Child Health, Health Director, Health and Human Services Director, NCALHD Primary Care Clinic Chair 2018, NCPHA President, NCPHA Committee Chair, Member, Governor’s Sickle Cell Council, Member, 2020 NC Health Objectives, Institute of Medicine. She provided Hurricane Florence shelter relief for 1200 residents during the storm, and 2000 after; staffed 4 shelters for 8 days (24 hours) without relief; took on oversight of Pender County Animal Shelter. During Hurricane Florence, 130 animals were rescued and 600 were sheltered. She established the Animal Advisory Committee; iImplemented spay/neuter and micro chip programs; took over the Mosquito Control Division and modernized the program; implemented mosquito control drone assistance for areas that can’t be reached by vehicles; improved agency financial management and community relations; and improved health outcomes and increased breastfeeding initiation rates.
”Pender County was hit hard by Hurricane Florence. Our county was inundated with rain and wind that left hundreds of families homeless. Her leadership during this time in our WIC department, mosquito control program and other human services programs was a huge asset to our county and residents. She went above and beyond and worked many hours to accommodate the needs of the community and ensure their safety. It is a difficult task to properly convey the positive impact of one individual. She has our respect, gratitude, trust and confidence. There is no way for us to properly measure the benefit to our county, but Pender County is very fortunate that she chose us.” (Pender County Board of Commissioners)
The 2019 Ham Stevens Award was presented to Samuel Lewis Beck, FNP, Jackson County Department of Public Health. This award is given to individuals who exemplify the qualities of a former health director and friend of public health, Ham Stevens, M.D. Dr. Stevens was largely responsible for bringing administrative health directors and medical health directors together to form the North Carolina Association of Local Health Directors (NCALHD).
Samuel started his career in 1981 as a Registered Nurse. Became a Family Nurse Practitioner. Maintains active memberships in NCPHA and Western North Carolina Public Health Association. Worked over 30 years in Public Health. Always treated every patient with complete respect and equal importance. He is involved in the development of a free clinic – Good Samaritan Clinic. Good Samaritan Clinic moved from the health department to a clinical space of its own. He served on the Good Samaritan Clinic Board and guided the development and sustainability of this vital clinic. Good Samaritan Clinic merged into a Federally Qualified Health Clinic and is thriving today. He established, coordinated and staffed a satellite clinic providing clinical services to the students at Job Corps. He spent many years building a program to meet the needs of this special group of patients in order to help participants succeed in their Job Corps experience and better their lives. “Caring for the citizens of Western North Carolina is his calling. Whether it be as a provider, volunteer, consultant or part-time jack- of- all- trades, he will continue to serve the citizens of North Carolina. Public Health raised a lifelong friend who has truly made a difference in thousands of lives in NC”.
The 2019 Public Health Partners Award was presented to Advocates for Health in Action Wake County. It was formed in 2006 to address obesity through policy, systems, and environmental change. It has Worked for the past 10 years to increase healthy food access and physical activity. Over 66,000 county residents reported practicing healthier behaviors as a result of this group and its partners.
- Worked with local farmers market to bring Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), enabling people to use benefits to shop for fresh, local produce
- Co-founded Farm to Child Care program to create policy and practice change for child care facilities to purchase and serve locally grown produce. 3,500 children impacted per year
- Partnering with NC Farm to preschool and others on a pilot program to recognize childcare facilities statewide for their Farm to Child Care work
- Co-founded a local food network which became a self-sustaining initiative with all volunteer leadership. This group worked to create a food security plan for the county
- Created an annual conference that engages people from around the state to learn about gardens and how to incorporate them into schools, early childhood, and recreational settings as tools
- Developed partnerships with school sports teams and private sports leagues to create marketing/messaging materials and programming around healthy snack choices
- Created and maintains a program that recognizes schools in the county that achieve milestones related to nutrition, physical activity, school staff wellness and walking/biking to school
- Initiated and now convenes the ACEs (Adverse Childhood Events) Resilience Initiative.
The 2019 Public Health Partners Award was also presented to Greater Charlotte Apartment Association Mecklenburg County. They strongly supported public health smoke-free housing efforts by:
- Hosting a smoke-free lunch and learn
- Working to ensure a question was added to the bi-annual apartment industry survey
- Educating its members on the benefits of smoke-free housing
- Creating a smoke-free certification
- Continuing its advocacy efforts in a year-out campaign
- Creating a lasting partnership with public health
- Partnered with 5 different community agencies and organizations to create healthier apartment living by launching a smoke-free multi-unit housing certification program
The purpose of the smoke-free multi-unit housing certification program is to recognize apartment communities that prohibit tobacco smoke inside units, on balconies and in common areas, and improve quality of life for residents.
- Worked with public health to implement the smoke-free Housing initiative.
- In 2017, 37 properties became Smoke-Free Certified Charter members
- By August of 2018, 52 properties had obtained smoke-free certification, resulting in 11,895 smoke-free units impacting 29,738 residents
- Nearly doubled the total number of smoke free units in the county over an 18 month period
- Strong relationship/partnership formation among non-traditional partners within the apartment industry, public health, community advocates and businesses
“The smoke free certification program is an example of a successful and sustainable community collaboration between local government, private business and non-traditional partners that positively impacts quality of life”
The Legislator of the Year Award was given to State Representative Josh Dobson . The Award was created to recognize legislators who have made significant contributions to the advancement and promotion of public health in North Carolina.
Representative Dobson was appointed to his seat in 2013 representing McDowell, Mitchell and Avery counties. Prior to becoming a member of the NC House of Representatives he was a County Commissioner and a member of the Local Board of Health. As a leader in the NC House of Representatives, he is the chair of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services, chair of the House Appropriations Committee on Health and Human Services and chair of the House Health committee. He also serves on the Health Care Reform Committee, the Committee on Access to Healthcare in Rural Healthcare and the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee, in addition to several other committees. During the last Legislative Session he was the lead sponsor on House Bill 367, Community Health Center Grants Program/Funds where safety net providers receive more opportunities for funding. During the appropriations process, he was behind the scenes advocating for this additional funding that was included in the final budget. As a leader in the NC House of Representatives, he is the chair of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services, chair of the House Appropriations Committee on Health and Human Services and chair of the House Health committee. He also serves on the Health Care Reform Committee, the Committee on Access to Healthcare in Rural Healthcare and the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee, in addition to several other committees. During the last Legislative Session he was the lead sponsor on House Bill 367, Community Health Center Grants Program/Funds where safety net providers receive more opportunities for funding. During the appropriations process, he was behind the scenes advocating for this additional funding that was included in the final budget. He is a past recipient of the NCALHD Legislator of the Year Award. The NC Association of Local Health Directors appreciates his leadership in improving North Carolinian’s health.