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Health department aims to honor school nurses

Published: Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 11:57 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Department of Health is accepting nominations for the 2013 Lina Rodgers Award, honoring excellence in the school health profession.

The county health department would like to recognize a school health professional that exemplifies Lina Rodgers’ partnership with public health in providing healthier schools and communities.

Since its inception 111 years ago, school nursing has had a partnership with public health. Rodgers spent her nursing career advocating the importance of disease prevention by promoting nutrition, exercise, health education, dental and hearing screenings, and the introduction of paper towels for hand drying. She wrote the first book for school nurses, published articles on school health and continued to speak at conferences until her death in 1946.

Nominations should provide specifically what the school health professional has done to improve the health of the school’s community that has affected the health of McHenry County. 

Nominations should be mailed to the health department’s Communicable Disease Program, Attn: Mary Lou Ludicky, 2200 N. Seminary Ave., Building B, Woodstock, IL 60098, or email 

The deadline is Sept. 23.  

For information, call Mary Lou Ludicky at 815-334-4500. 

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