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Yolo County Public Health Heroes named

By March 31, 2011

In celebration of National Public Health Week, April 4-10, two Public Health Hero Awards were presented at Tuesday’s Yolo County Board of Supervisors meeting.

Each year, the Yolo County Health Department presents these awards to community members and staff who exemplify the values of public health.

This year’s Public Health Hero employee award was presented to Raquel Aguilar, a senior public health nurse, and the community award was awarded to First 5 Yolo.

“Raquel Aguilar was recognized for her skills in working with clients in the areas of communicable disease, immunizations and tuberculosis control,” Jill Cook, Yolo County health director, said in a news release. “She has a strong background in home visits and the health and social issues faced by many of the clients and makes a positive impact on both clients and staff.”

First 5 Yolo was recognized for its health, social and educational programs and policies that have prepared Yolo County children, from birth to age 5, to be socially, mentally and physically ready for school. First 5 ensures health insurance coverage, increased dental services and car seats and related safety instruction for all children ages 0-5.

Additionally, First 5 Yolo conducted a breastfeeding study that determined how long mothers in Yolo County breastfeed their babies and why they stopped, the results of which will help health care providers and other organizations who work with new moms.

“First 5 Yolo’s collaborative efforts in the community have made a difference in the lives of our youngest residents,” Cook said. “Policy, prevention and protection are the three P’s of public health. These awards are given to individuals and organizations that protect the health and safety of the community through services based on these principles.”

To learn more about Yolo County’s public health programs, visit http://www.yolohealth.org. To receive ongoing updates from the Yolo County Health Department, use Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/yolohealth.

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