League for Innovation Presents Riegelman Awards to Four Community Colleges

March
2017

The Riegelman Awards for Excellence in Public Health & Health Navigation Education in Community Colleges were presented at the League's March 2017 Innovations Conference in San Francisco, California, to four community colleges that have demonstrated excellence in planning or enhancing associate degree or certificate programs in Public Health and Health Navigation education, or that include public health courses in Allied Health, Nursing, First Responder, Health Foundations, or related programs. Award-winning program plans must be consistent with the recommendations of the Community Colleges & Public Health Final Report.

The following colleges received Riegelman Awards: 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 who received the awards on behalf of their institutions at the conference were Sarah Futrell Baron, Professor, Public Health Science, Bakersfield College; Amy Collins, Associate Professor, Public Health, Doña 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.

Photo caption: Representatives from Riegelman Award-winning colleges (left to right), Anuradha Srivastava, Queensborough Community College (NY); Sarah Futrell Baron, Bakersfield College (CA); Amy Collins, Doña Ana Community College (NM); Kaysie Schmidt, Otero Junior College (CO)