The Northeast Colorado Health Department recently recognized several community members and facilities across northeast Colorado for their dedication to public health and excellence in food safety. NCHD hosted an award ceremony on Thursday, April 4.

NCHD kicked off their annual awards reception by honoring their Public Health Shining Stars. This award is given by NCHD staff members to acknowledge the efforts of individuals that champion public health in their own community. It is an opportunity for our agency to acknowledge that public health extends far beyond the efforts of our agency alone. We want to recognize these efforts. In

Division of Wildlife officer Josh Melby.

Yuma County, Josh Melby was nominated by Heather Coin, Environmental Health Specialist at the Northeast Colorado Health Department. Ms. Coin wrote, “NCHD sees a variety of wildlife involved in human and pet bite incidents and Josh always goes above and beyond to help protect the health of the public.”

Meghann Blach (second from left) of Farm House Market was honored by the NCHD.

In addition, NCHD honored excellence in food safety. The food safety awards go to those establishments in our six county health district that maintain the highest standards of food safety in northeast Colorado. In Yuma County, award recipients include CMB Managed Services, Farm House Market, Yuma High School and Morris Elementary School.

Congratulations and thank you for working hard to ensure the health of our community. NCHD works with many individuals and organizations that promote the health and wellbeing of our communities and environments across northeast Colorado. Public health would not be possible without the organized efforts of individuals and organizations, public and private, and communities working together to promote and protect health and inspire prevention.