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Schouweiler receives public health award

Dakota County Commissioner Nancy Schouweiler is being honored by the Minnesota Department of Health with the 2014 Award for Outstanding Dedication to Local Public Health.

To be eligible for the award, a nominee must have demonstrated outstanding dedication by either providing ongoing support to local public health activities, serving as a champion for a strong local public health system, advocating for policies that strengthen local public health or promoting a strong government public health system.

During her 15 years as a Dakota County Commissioner, Schouweiler has championed a range of health issues, including promoting mental health and access to treatment, strengthening the county tobacco ordinance and policies related to tobacco use on county property, supporting home visiting for at-risk parents, and improving access to health services and prescription medication. She has also served in many capacities on the State Community Health Services Advisory Committee and chaired numerous sub-committees.

The Award for Outstanding Dedication to Local Public Health was created in 1998 to recognize locally elected officials who make a significant contribution to promoting and implementing local public health in Minnesota.