Public Health Week 2011 Celebrates Local Heroes

Contact: Kelly L. Niebel (517) 241-2112
Agency: Community Health

April 11, 2011

LANSING - The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) - in conjunction with its partners in local public health across the state - will celebrate Michigan Public Health Week April 11-17.  This year's theme, "Safety is No Accident: Live Injury Free," embraces the concept of creating a healthier nation by taking action within your community to promote safety and prevent injuries and violence.  If every person takes steps to protect their family, neighbors, and communities from harm, the U.S. will be a much safer place to live.

MDCH and it partners will highlight the week at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 13 at its annual Hometown Health Heroes celebration in the Capitol Rotunda.  During the event, the department and its partners will recognize seven "Health Policy Champions" for their efforts in championing public policies to improve the health and safety of Michigan residents.  MDCH also will recognize various individuals and groups of Hometown Health Heroes who have worked collaboratively to make their communities healthier places to live and grow. 

"I am honored to be able to help recognize and celebrate our Health Policy Champions and Hometown Health Heroes," said MDCH Director Olga Dazzo. "Whether they are shaping public policy to protect vulnerable adults or developing youth injury prevention programs, these individuals and groups help make each Michigan community a safer place to live.  Their personal and professional dedication to safety is commendable."

2011 Health Policy Champions include:

  • Judge Thomas Shumaker - St. Joseph County Probate Court
  • Ken Rosenman, MD - Michigan State University
  • Mouhanad Hammami, MD - Wayne County Health and Human Services
  • Senator John Proos of the 21st district
  • Representative Joan Bauer of the 68th district
  • Senator Rick Jones of the 24th district
  • Representative Jon Switalski of the 25th district

2011 Hometown Health Heroes include:

  • Gary Domerese - Clio Area Fire Department, Clio
  • Keith Eichler - Branch County Sheriff's Department, Coldwater
  • John Calvert - Country Elementary Safe Routes to School Task Force, Pinckney
  • Jennifer Ritter - Safe Kids Northshore, Traverse City
  • Tammie Budrow - Parent and child safety advocate, Safe Kids Northshore, Traverse City
  • Mike & Elaine Nevells and Lynne Page - Parents and child safety advocates, Okemos
  • Deb Carpenter - Bronson Hospital, Kalamazoo
  • George Sedlacek - Marquette County Health Department, Negaunee
  • Ray Sharp - Western U.P. District Health Department, Hancock
  • Marie Bristow & Joann Burrington - POH Regional Medical Center, Pontiac
  • Dr. Marc Zimmerman and the YES program - University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor
  • Senior Nursing Students & Professor Margaret M. Gorman - Madonna University, Livonia

The Michigan Association for Local Public Health, the Michigan Public Health Association, the Michigan Public Health Institute, Michigan Association of Counties, Michigan State University, the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and Wayne State University have partnered with MDCH to implement Public Health Week activities.

To learn more about Michigan Public Health Week and how to live injury free, please visit: and click on the "A Healthier America" icon on the left side of the Web page.