Community Partners

The Community Partners Celebration is an annual event that recognizes the recipients of the SPH Community Partner Awards. Our awardees, both individuals and organizations, contribute to the education, training, and guidance of the next generation of public health leaders at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

Congratulations to our 2016 Community Partners!

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2016 Community Partners Celebration
Thursday, October 27, 2016

2016 Community Partner Awards

Learn more about the 2016 Recipients

STAR Award

Susan Abderholden, MPH ’80 NAMI Minnesota
Jason V. Baker, MD, MS ’07 Hennepin County Medical Center
Debra Thingstad Boe, MPH ’06 Dakota County Public Health
James L. Craig, MD Family and Preventive Medicine Services, Inc.
Erin Huppert Allina Health
Tracy Keibler ApparentPlan
David F. Neitzel, MS ’90 Minnesota Department of Health
Dawn Simonson Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging

Organization Award

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Agency Award

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Global Partner Award

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Centre for Public Health, Tata Institute for Social Services
Mumbai, India

Past Awardees and Award Descriptions

Community Partner Agency Award

Organization, Agency & Global Partner Award recipients are an organization and/or agency (locally or globally) that has helped and/or served a program, faculty member, center, and/or students in the School of Public Health.

  • 2015 Early Youth Eyecare (E.Y.E), Allina Health Phillips Eye Institute
  • 2014 Local Public Health Association of Minnesota
  • 2013 Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota
  • 2012 Minneapolis Department of Health & Family Support
  • 2011 Public Health Law Center @ William Mitchell College
  • 2010 Health Economics Program; Minnesota Department of Health
  • 2009 Team Diarrhea; Minnesota Department of Health
  • 2008 Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • 2007 UnitedHealth Group
  • 2006 Allina Community Benefits Committee; Park Nicollet Institute
  • 2005 HealthPartners Research Foundation

Community Partner Organization Award

Organization, Agency & Global Partner Award recipients are an organization and/or agency (locally or globally) that has helped and/or served a program, faculty member, center, and/or students in the School of Public Health.

  • 2015 Allina Health
  • 2015 WellShare International
  • 2014 SoLaHmo
  • 2013 Everyday Miracles
  • 2012 Medica
  • 2011 Medtronic
  • 2011 Stratis Health
  • 2010 Clear Channel
  • 2009 Mercy Health System
  • 2008 Cultural Wellness Center
  • 2007 Neighborhood House in St. Paul
  • 2006 Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition; General Mills
  • 2005 Minnesota Public Health Association

Star Awardees

Individuals from the public health community recognized with the STAR Award are those who have gone above and beyond for our students and/or faculty. Examples include: Guest lecturers, preceptors, mentors, field experience hosts, and research partners. (Not eligible for a Star award are: Adjunct professors, full-time SPH professors, and full-time SPH staff.)

2015

Click here to learn more about the 2015 award recipients.

  • Nancy Carlson
  • Kelly Coleman, PhD ’05
  • Marty LaVenture, PhD ’04, MPH ’78
  • Carlota Medus, PhD ’05, MPH ’99
  • Grace Strangis
  • Steven Stovitz, MD, MS ’10
  • Antonia Wilcoxon

2014

  • John Frobenius, MHA ’69
  • Joni Geppert
  • Jean Johnson, MS ’83, PhD ’98
  • Aggie Leitheiser, MPH ’89
  • Rita Messing
  • Walter Offen
  • Amy Xia, MS ’95, PhD ’98

2013

  • Donna Anderson, MPH ‘71
  • Carol Berg
  • Tatum Bishop
  • Paula Bursch
  • Monte Fronk
  • Leon S. & Nancy A. Robertson
  • Kay Savik, MS ‘87
  • Brandon Sparks, MS ‘97
  • Majdi Wadi
  • Willie Winston III
  • Ellie Zuehlke, MPH ‘99

2012

  • Takayuki Abe
  • Carol Brunzell
  • Phil Griffin
  • Gregory Hart, MHA ’76, MPH ’80
  • Clarence Jones
  • Geoff Kaufmann
  • Scott Leitz
  • Jeff Nachbar
  • Jerry Nye, MHA ‘77
  • LaMoine Olson
  • Cheryl Petersen-Kroeber, PHCert ‘05
  • Julie Ring
  • Mickey Scullard
  • Tracy Singleton
  • Marie Zimmerman

2011

  • Cara Bailey
  • Maureen Beaverson
  • Kenneth Bence, MHA ‘92
  • Camerone Bey
  • Lindsay Bockstedt-Santiago, MS ’09, PhD ‘10
  • Bibiana Garzon
  • Stefan Gildemeister
  • Carol Greenwood
  • Joan Griffin
  • Daniel Jasper
  • Pamela Jo Johnson, MPH ’99, PhD ‘04
  • Paul Liemandt
  • Ted Lystig
  • Robert Mulhausen*

*Deceased

2010

  • Anne Barry, MPH ’86
  • Carol Berg
  • Norby Blake
  • Valerie Cooke
  • Ron Dicklich
  • Curt Fernandez
  • Robert Held
  • Ann Holt
  • William Kreykes, MHA ‘66
  • Gayle Kvenvold
  • Ed Leier
  • Ellen Luger
  • Ted Madison
  • Kathryn Menke
  • Andrew Nelson, MPH ‘87
  • Patricia Ohmans, MPH ‘81
  • Jean Ronnei
  • Bob Spinner, MHA ‘69
  • Jeanne Weigum
  • Ellie Zuehlke, MPH ‘99

*Deceased

2009

  • Kenneth Bence, MHA ‘92
  • Terry Bernhardt
  • Jean Bey, MPH ’87
  • Mark Boye
  • Amy Brugh, MPH ‘99
  • James Chase, MHA ’83
  • Tamara Downs-Schwei
  • Kristen Ehresmann, MPH ‘90
  • Nancy Eitler
  • Joan Griffin
  • La Rhae Knatterud
  • Deb McKinley, MPH ‘00
  • Jerry Nye, MHA ‘77
  • Scott Redd
  • Kathleen Schuler, MPH ‘93
  • Emily Wang, MPH ‘03
  • David Zanick, MPH ’74

2008

  • Judith Beniak, MPH ’82
  • Don Bishop
  • Janny Brust, MPH ‘87
  • Jeffrey Budd, MS ’77, PhD ‘81
  • Angeline Carlson
  • Margaret Carlson, BS ‘46
  • Norman Crouch
  • Myron Falken, MPH ’83, PhD ‘89
  • Erica Fishman, MHA ‘91
  • Mary Jo Graham, MS ‘05
  • Gary Greenfield
  • Perry Hanson, MHA ‘79
  • Deborah Hendricks
  • Mary B. Johnson, MPH ‘84
  • Geoff Kaufmann
  • Jerome Lovrien, MHA ‘84
  • Gary Olmstead
  • Jason Paltzer, MPH ‘03
  • Cheryl Petersen-Kroeber, PHCert ‘05
  • Lisa Pogoff, MPH ‘85
  • John Poupart
  • Katherine Raleigh
  • Robert Stevens, MHA ‘83
  • Jill M. Wilson, MPH ’96

2007

  • Dawn Bazarko, MPH ‘03
  • Laurel Briske
  • Debra Burns
  • Lea Foushee
  • Carol Greenwood
  • Linda Halcon, MPH ’86, PhD ‘98
  • Starr Sage, MPH ’04, PhD ’06
  • Lew Sandy
  • Joni Scheftel, DVM, MPH ‘01
  • Pam Shubat
  • Patricia Splett, MPH ‘76
  • Gretchen Taylor, MPH ’84
  • Annie Young

2006

  • Janice Barbee
  • Jeffrey Budd, MS ’77, PhD ‘81
  • Angeline Carlson
  • Bette Danielson
  • Heather Day, MPH ‘02
  • Buddy Ferguson
  • Rob Fulton
  • Brian Golob, MS ‘79
  • Nila Gouldin, MPH ’03
  • Mira Grice, MS ’02, PhD ‘07
  • Susan Gust
  • Gayle Hallin, MPH ‘77
  • Patricia Harrison
  • Gregory Hart, MHA ’76, MPH ’80
  • Wiliam Henry
  • Subbarao Inampudi
  • Jane Korn, MPH ’88
  • Martin La Venture, MPH ’78
  • Petrona Lee, MS ’84, PhD ‘12
  • Ruth Murphy
  • Rafael Ortiz
  • Susan Palchick
  • Kenneth Paulus, MHA ’83
  • Kristin Peterson Oehlke
  • Joel Schurke, MS ’91
  • Shelly Shaw, MPH ‘01
  • Linda Stein, MPH ‘77
  • Mary Ellen Wells, MHA ’84
  • Ellie Zuehlke, MPH ‘99

2005

  • Donna Anderson, MPH ‘71
  • Evelyn Ayers, MPH ’80
  • Atum Azzahir
  • Kim Ball
  • Adrienne Baranauskas
  • Debra Burns
  • Rosemary Dederichs
  • Michelle Farreri
  • Kathleen Ferguson
  • Marsha Finkelstein, MS ‘99
  • Keith Halleland
  • Rita Hawley-Wright
  • Moira Lafeyette
  • Aggie Leitheiser, MPH ‘89
  • Scott Leitz
  • Sid Mallory
  • Elmer Martinson
  • John Mulhausen, MS ’80, PhD ‘96
  • Brian Osberg, MPH ‘86
  • Alison Page, MHA ‘96
  • Nico Pronk
  • Judy Punyko, MS ’90, PhD ‘04
  • Julie Sonier
  • Paul Stembler
  • Paul Terry
  • Stella Thomas, MPH ’80
  • April Todd-Malmlov, MPH ’99
  • David Wallinga
  • Mary Wellick
  • Tim Wiedrich, PHCert ‘04
  • Christine Ziebold, MPH ‘03

2004

  • Atum Azzahir
  • John Baird, MD, MPH ‘08
  • Beth Baker, MPH ’89
  • Steven Broste, MS ’81
  • Janny Brust, MPH ‘87
  • David Cossi
  • David Downs
  • Diana Dubois
  • Terry Dwelle
  • Kevin Elfering
  • Curt Fernandez
  • Michelle Finstad, MPH ’95
  • Rob Fulton
  • Joni Geppert
  • Julia Halberg. MD, MPH ’83
  • Gayle Hallin, MPH ‘77
  • Deborah Hendricks
  • Vonna Henry, MPH ‘86
  • Heidi Kassenborg, DVM, MPH ‘97
  • Daryl Korpela, MS ‘77
  • Laura LaCroix-Dalluhn, MPH ‘04
  • Ed Leier
  • Jaime Martinez
  • Renee Mijal, MPH ’02, PhD ‘05
  • Gretchen Musicant, MPH ‘86
  • Andrew Nelson, MPH ‘87
  • Jane Norbin
  • Terry Osterbauer
  • Andy Pfalen
  • Patricia Splett, MPH ‘76
  • Walter Suarez
  • Paul Terry
  • Tricia Todd, MPH ‘94
  • Lorene Wedeking, MS ‘72

Individual

  • 2012 Ed Ehlinger
  • 2008 Commissioner Sanne Magnan
  • 2006 William Hueston

Mentor Recognition

2014

5 Year Mentor Recognition

  • Lawrence S. Betts, MD, PhD ‘79
  • Linda Brandt, MPH ‘03
  • Robert Lenio, MHA ‘07
  • Kirsten Ness, MPH, ’02, PhD ’04
  • Arek Tatevossian, MHA ‘85

2013

15 Year Mentor Recognition

  • Carol Berg
  • Ellie Zuehlke, MPH ’99

10 Year Mentor Recognition

  • David Abrams
  • Lisa Pogoff, MPH ’85

5 Year Mentor Recognition

  • Stephanie Battista, MS ’01
  • Don Buckley, MHA ’61
  • Carly Deer
  • Kim Edelman, MPH ’96
  • Jill Farris, MPH ’05
  • Jeff Friedman, MHA ’93
  • Heidi Kassenborg, MPH ’97
  • Geoff Kaufmann
  • Anne Kollmeyer, MPH ’84
  • Jiannong Liu, PhD ’01
  • Bill MacNally, MPH/MHA ’75
  • Seema Maddali, MHA ’01
  • Debbie Schuhardt, MHA ’89
  • Jim Sheets, MHA ’97
  • Dan Strittmater, MHA ’06
  • Suzanne Toledo Zimmerer, MHA ’02
  • Stephen Waldhoff, MPH ’76

Global Partner Award

Organization, Agency & Global Partner Award recipients are an organization and/or agency (locally or globally) that has helped and/or served a program, faculty member, center, and/or students in the School of Public Health.