Four Colleges To Receive Riegelman Awards at Innovations Conference

The Riegelman Awards for Excellence in Public Health & Health Navigation Education in Community Colleges are presented to colleges that demonstrate excellence in planning or enhancing associate degree or certificate programs in Public Health and Health Navigation education. These programs must be consistent with the recommendations of the Community Colleges & Public Health Final Report. The Riegelman Awards will be presented at the League's March 2017 Innovations Conference in San Francisco, California, to programs that most successfully plan public health associate degree and/or certificate programs. 

The Riegelman Awards will be presented to Bakersfield College (CA) for its Associate Science Transfer degree in Public Health, Associate Science degree in Occupational Risk and Safety Management with a focus on Public Health, and Health Navigator/Health Educator certificate programs; Doña Ana Community College (NM) for its Health Navigator Program leading to the Associate of Public Health degree; Otero Junior College (CO) for its Community Health Worker Certificate and Associated of Applied Science degree with Health Navigator emphasis; and Queensborough Community College (NY) for its Associate of Science degree in Public Health.

In addition to letters of support from college administration, applicants for the award provided details such as the student population the program would serve, the current and projected need for program graduates, and the college’s experience and capacity to house and offer the program. Applications listed partnerships, advisory groups, and articulation options, and included curricular and student services overviews, budget and enrollment projections, and costs to students. Implementation and evaluation plans were also part of the nomination packet. Applications from the award-winning colleges will be posted in the Public Health Community on the League website.

College representatives scheduled to receive the awards at the conference are Sarah Futrell Baron, Professor, Public Health Science, Bakersfield College; Amy Collins, Associate Professor, Public Health, Dona Ana Community College; Kaysie Schmidt, Faculty, Health Navigator Program, Otero Junior College; and Anuradha Srivastava, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences and Geology, Queensborough Community College.

The Riegelman Awards are generously sponsored by Richard and Linda Riegelman and Jones & Bartlett Learning.