In large part because of its commitment to providing public health services and information for students, as well as for members of the Aurora community, the Office of Student Life at the Community College of Aurora has been named Public Health Hero of the Year for 2009 by the Tri-County Health Department. CCA’s Office of Student Life is managed by Angie Tiedeman, director, and Julie Johnson, coordinator.
The Public Health Hero of the Year award recognizes an individual, business, or organization in the tri-county region—Arapahoe, Douglas, and Adams counties—working to improve or promote public health. Tiedeman and Johnson will be recognized for their efforts on June 17.
“A commitment to public health runs throughout the services that can be found at the Community College of Aurora,” said Shannon Cornelius, clinical outreach coordinator for Tri-County Health. “Health prevention, promotion, treatment, and education are a large part of the programs sponsored by the Office of Student Life. The lengths to which the Office goes to provide information and access to care has been beyond impressive.”
Since 2008, Tiedeman and Johnson have promoted public health events at CCA such as World AIDS Day, arranged for HIV testing, participated in the collaborative effort between Denver Public Health and Tri-County Health Department to offer free STD testing twice a month, provided space for free HPV vaccines, provided free flu vaccines, distributed H1N1 virus and vaccine information, and initiated an on-campus food bank for students struggling to provide food at home.
“Angie’s and Julie’s commitment is deserving of recognition not just because they are interested in public health, but because they have proved that they believe in the health and well-being of their students and the community of Aurora,” said Cornelius. “We are lucky to have Angie and Julie working in our community.”