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District coordinator named "Public Health Hero of the Year"

Cynthia Redfern receives award

DOUGLAS COUNTY – With a rise in the number of children engaging in tobacco use over the past few years, DCSD's Tobacco-Free Grant Coordinator, Cynthia Redfern, has risen to the task educating our youth, their parents, and the community as a whole about the health risks related to tobacco use.

Through implementation of BElieve in YOUrself: Live Tobacco Free, Redfern has utilized evidence-based strategies to help reduce exposure to second-hand smoke, prevent youth initiation of tobacco/nicotine use, and increase smoking cessation rates in Douglas County. As a result, Redfern was one of nine recipients of the Tri-County Health Department's Public Health Hero of the Year award.

The award recognizes an individual, business or agency that has worked to improve public health. Awards were presented at a reception held on April 14.

April 17, 2015 | By SCPaulsen | Category: District, Mental Health Intervention

District News

Nearly 1,500 Colorado students applied for the prestigious Boettcher Foundation Scholarship this year, with 42 being named recipients. Of those, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) is proudly home to four recipients.

When it comes to mental health services, communities traditionally focus on supporting kids as needs arise. This work is crucial for the safety of our students. Equally important, though, is prevention-based programming that can help, early on, prevent the social-emotional challenges our kids may be experiencing from escalating.

The Apple Awards honors and celebrates excellence in education. This year, more than 5,000 nominations were submitted. 188 Apple Representatives from schools and departments were then selected by the Foundation in January. Of this outstanding group of education leaders, five individuals were awarded with an Apple Award.