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Nominations sought for Spirit of Public Health Award

WOODSTOCK – In celebration of National Public Health Week from April 1 to 7, the McHenry County Department of Health will accept nominations from the public for its eighth annual Spirit of Public Health Award.

The deadline is March 22.

The Spirit Award acknowledges individuals who are committed to making their community healthy but may not be recognized for their efforts.

Work honored in the past include raising awareness for breast cancer, community service to children in need, recycling efforts at a clinic, advocacy for dangers of furniture tip-overs, being a role model for teens against tobacco use, devotion to animal welfare at a local shelter, helping seniors with home repairs to keep them safe, and providing mental health/pet therapy for at-risk youth.

Nominations should be in short-story format (100 to 150 words) and can be submitted by email to Debra Quackenbush at, fax at 815-334-4635, or mail at McHenry County Department of Health, Attn: Spirit Awards, 2200 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock IL 60098. 

A flier for the Spirit Awards is posted online at along with photos of previous year’s recipients.

Spirit Award recipients and their nominators will be invited to the health department’s Public Health Awards ceremony in April at the McHenry County Government Center in Woodstock.

For information, call Quackenbush at 815-334-4456.


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