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Healthy San Bernardino Coalition Receives 2011 Public Health Practice Award

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SAN BERNARDINO -- A coalition of community groups dedicated to creating a healthier City of San Bernardino received the 2011 Public Health Practice Award from The Southern California Public Health Association on December 12, 2011.

The award was presented to key leadership members of the Healthy San Bernardino Coalition at the Southern California Public Health Association’s 2011 Annual Conference, held at The California Endowment in Los Angeles, CA. This year’s conference focused on “Healthy Communities: The So Cal Way,” and SCPH recognized the Healthy San Bernardino Coalition’s exceptional multi-sectoral approach as a model of excellence in studying and addressing the impact of the environment on health.

At the SCPHA annual conference, Dr. Richard Jackson, chair of the UCLA Department of Environmental Health Sciences and past State Public Health Officer for California, commented, “If someone had told me a few years ago that there would be an award given to a group of people concerned with the health and the built environment in the Inland Empire, I wouldn’t have believed them. Congratulations—well deserved!”

The Healthy San Bernardino Coalition formally convened in June 2010 to improve the health of city residents by promoting healthy, active ways of life.

San Bernardino Mayor Patrick Morris has supported the Coalition’s work from the start, including its recent release of the report: “City of San Bernardino Environmental Scan: A Model for Building Communities.” Peggi Hazlett, assistant to Mayor Patrick Morris and co-chair of the Coalition understands the importance of marshalling community resources. “The progress that’s been made in our City is phenomenal,” she stated. “All the right partners, from local hospitals, universities and non-profits to mothers and children, have come together to highlight what’s special about this community.”

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