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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

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