Public Health Leader Receives National Recognition

3/16/2021

Liane Jollon, executive director of San Juan Basin Public Health, received national recognition from the American Medical Association for her work to mitigate the pandemic in Southwest Colorado and her advocacy for public health agencies across the state. Footage courtesy of American Medical Association, San Juan Basin Public Health & The Durango Herald

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A local public health

official has received

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national recognition for her

leadership during the pandemic

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that resulted in the

lowest infection rates

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and highest vaccination rates in Colorado.

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I'm Wendy Graham Settle,

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Liane Jollon, Executive Director

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of San Juan Basin Public Health

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has received the American

Medical Association's,

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Nathan Davis award for

outstanding government service

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at the local level.

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The award is considered to be

one of the most prestigious

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national honors bestowed

on election officials

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and career government employees.

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Colorado Senator Michael Bennet

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nominated Jollon for the award.

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She received the award virtually.

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I have to say I laughed a

little when I learned this award

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is for a career public

servant at the local level.

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If we've learned anything,

living through a global pandemic

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it's that we're all in this together.

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It's not one public servant or one person,

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it's everyone doing the right thing

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in communities and in public health

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who deserve this recognition.

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This includes all the

superheroes across Colorado's

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53 local public health agencies

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who spent the past year

sacrificing in every way imaginable

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to fight COVID-19,

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one classroom outbreak, one

mask, one nursing home tragedy

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and one contentious

agonizing decision at a time.

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In a news release about the honor,

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Bennett called Jollon's leadership

and scientific integrity

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during the pandemic a model

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for thousands of public health

leaders throughout Colorado

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and the country.

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The Colorado School of Public Health noted

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that the public health

emergency response in Archuleta

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and La Plata counties

under Jollon's leadership

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resulted in the lowest

cumulative infection rate

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and highest vaccination rate in the state.

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The Dr. Nathan Davis Award

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for outstanding government service

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recognizes elected and career officials

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in federal, state and local service

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who have made outstanding

contributions to medicine

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and the betterment of public health.

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Jollon was one of only five

award recipients this year.

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If you'd like to know more about the award

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visit the American Medical

Association's website

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at ama-assn.org.

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Congratulations to Jollon

for the well-deserved award.

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