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Community Health Endowment Announces Annual Awards

The Community Health Endowment (CHE) of Lincoln has selected the recipients of their annual awards. These celebrated awards were presented at CHE’s Annual Meeting with the Community on June 12, 2013.

Receiving the HORIZON AWARD, which recognizes a person or group who is enriching the community by sharing their time, resources and talents to make Lincoln the healthiest community in the nation, was Captain Joseph Wright with the Lincoln Police Department (LPD). Captain Wright was selected for his leadership in LPD’s efforts to effectively serve people who experience behavioral health issues.

Receiving the CLOSING THE GAP AWARD, which recognizes a person, program, or agency that has made a significant contribution toward addressing health disparities in our community, was Maria Prendes-Lintel, Ph.D. Dr. Prendes-Lintel was recognized for her work to reduce health inequities, specifically in immigrant and refugee populations with post-traumatic stress disorder and her work to train current and future behavioral health providers.

CHE was also pleased to award the first annual MICHAEL J. TAVLIN AWARD FOR BOARD LEADERSHIP to Michael J. Tavlin. During his 15 year association with CHE, Mr. Tavlin has played a significant role in establishing and leading its efforts to create a healthier community. This award will be given annually to an individual who has provided extraordinary board serve to a local non-profit agency. In addition to the award, the recipient will designate an agency to receive a $1,000 stipend for board training and education.

For more information or for photographs of the award recipients, contact CHE at 402/436-5516.

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