News Release

Nominations open for 2014 Joseph Jabaily Public Health Hero Award

Department: Health & Environment
Release Date: Feb 28, 2014


Jane Viste

The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment is taking nominations for the eighth Joseph Jabaily Public Health Hero Award.  The Jabaily award was created by the Larimer County Board of Health in honor and in memory of Dr. Joseph Jabaily, a Loveland neurologist, community activist, volunteer and member of many boards in the county who died tragically after an accident in a charity bicycle race in summer of 2004. 

            The award honors an individual or group who has contributed in an extraordinary way to public health in Larimer County or has made an outstanding contribution to public health in Larimer County over time.  Nominations must be submitted in writing, either online or on a PDF file from the award website at  Nominations are due by 5 PM, Monday, March 31, 2014.

            Individual criteria for nominees are:

§  Nominees must either live or work in Larimer County.

§  Nominee does not need to be a public health professional (could be a judge, a volunteer, a teacher etc).

§  Nominations can be either for an individual or a team effort.

§  Nominee cannot be a current employee of the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment or a current Board of Health member.

            At the time of his death Jabaily was running on an unaffiliated ticket for the Colorado state legislature, hoping to improve public health, health care, and education problems in Colorado.

            Former recipients of the award are environmental scientist Frank Vertucci, Ph.D., 2006; local obstetrican/gynecologist Larry Kieft, MD, 2007;  Jane Higgins, MD, physician at CSU’s Hartshorn Health Service, 2008; Lupe Harbison, local health educator and promotora, 2009; Carol Plock and the Health District of Northern Larimer County, 2010; Ginny Riley, director of Larimer County Health and Human Services, 2011; Jennifer Anderson, professor emeritus, Food Science and Nutrition, CSU, 2012; Austin Bailey, MD,   program director and co-founder, the Family Medicine Center and its Residency Program, Fort Collins, 2013.  

            “We still miss Joe’s presence and commitment to public health,” said Dr. Adrienne LeBailly, director of the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment. 

            “This award helps honor that same selfless spirit in others.”

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