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Public Health


Kittitas County Early Learning Coalition Named as 2017 Public Health Champion

Kittitas County, WA - 04/17/2017 - The Kittitas County Board of Health Advisory Committee (BOHAC) is pleased to announce that the Kittitas County Early Learning Coalition will be awarded the 2017 annual Kittitas County Public Health Champion Award. The award is in recognition of the coalition’s work to improve the health and success of young children and their families. The award will be presented during the Kittitas County Board of Health meeting on Friday, April 28, 2017, at 2:00 pm in the Commissioners’ Auditorium of the Kittitas County Courthouse. The meeting, located at 205 W 5th Avenue, Ellensburg is open to the public.

The Kittitas County Early Learning Coalition helps parents prepare their children ages birth through five for kindergarten entry.  They sponsor events to engage parents and their young children in science, technology, reading and writing, engineering, art, and math; partner with the Ellensburg School District in the Ready! For Kindergarten program; and promote and provide developmental screening for all children. 
“We felt that the Early Learning Coalition deserves this year’s award because of their contributions to children’s education,” according to Andrew Lyons, BOHAC Chair.  “Education plays an extremely important role in the health of children, families, and our community.”
Four other nominations for the award were received this year, and BOHAC wants to recognize the other nominees for their contributions to the health of the community:

  • Planned Parenthood of Kittitas County for providing preventive care and health services to women.
  • Water Wellness Workout Class at Central Washington University for providing an opportunity for health for senior citizens. 
  • Dr. John Merrill-Steskal for providing family medicine services for 23 years and being a health advocate in the community.
  • Open Door Health Clinic for providing basic health care for people without health insurance or affordable healthcare. 
The Kittitas County Public Health Champion Award recognizes individuals, groups, or organizations that make significant contributions to the health of Kittitas County.  The recipient receives a $500 award to be used for current or future projects that contribute to the health of Kittitas County. The award is funded by a generous donation from former Kittitas County Health Officer Jim Gale.
The mission of BOHAC is to provide advisory feedback and formal recommendations, to both the Board of Health and the Public Health Department of Kittitas County, related to policy, funding, initiatives, and emergent needs, in support of the goals and mission of the Kittitas County Public Health Department.  If you are interested in donating to the Annual Kittitas County Public Health Champion Award fund, please contact Dr. Bob Davis, BOHAC Treasurer, at
For more information regarding BOHAC or the Public Health Champion Award, please contact the Kittitas County Public Health Department at (509) 962-7515.

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