Help spread the news! The Nebraska State Board of Health accepts nominations to recognize outstanding work in public health promotion. Anyone may nominate a community health promotion activity or someone who works directly with communities in efforts to improve and enhance their health. Complete the nomination form for a program/initiative you are familiar with. NOMINATION FORM
Nominations are accepted any time throughout the year by the Public Health, Education and Legislation Committee for review. They are forwarded to the State Board of Health for approval at regular meetings. Award recipients will receive a framed certificate and a press release will be issued to area newspapers to announce the award. When feasible, a State Board of Health member will come to you to present the award.
Send completed nominations to:
Monica Gissler, State Board of Health DHHS / Public Health / Licensure Unit / RPQI P.O. Box 95026 Lincoln, NE 68509-5026 (402) 471-2948, Fax (402) 471-0383 Monica.email@example.com
Recently Recognized Public Health Initiatives in Nebraska:
The “5, 4, 3, 2, 1 BLAST OFF FOR HEALTHY KIDS!" campaign is targeted to young children in grades 1-4, and is based on five basic tenets that teach children about healthy nutrition and exercise choices. They impact and educate parents as well by sharing information through materials sent home with their child, and they work to keep the message alive through community presence of their seven foot 'carrot' found at parades and community events as a constant reminder. MHCS staff provide a 25-30 minute upbeat, educational ½ hour presentation to all Milford and Seward Elementary School students in grades 1 through 4, and this year they will add the Centennial (Utica, NE) elementary school.
In 2013, Camp Superkids will be June 9-15, 2013, at YMCA's Camp Kitaki near South Bend. 60-100 youth attend each summer. By providing this safe and educational, yet fun experience, Camp SuperKids helps kids to increase their lifelong asthma management skills and decrease the impact of asthma on their life. Asthma can limit a person's quality of life and even be life threatening. There is no cure for asthma. It is the leading serious chronic childhood illness. The good news is that asthma can be controlled through education and proper treatment. Camp Superkids is a step in the right direction. By learning how to better self-manage their illness, kids miss less school and enjoy a better quality of life.
Children with asthma might have a difficult time at a regular camp. Camp SuperKids provides 24-hour medical care through volunteer doctors, nurses and therapists to ensure their specific medical needs are met. YMCA camp staff provide traditional camp experiences, like horse-riding, swimming, hiking, crafts, and other adventures, to ensure their kid needs are met!
The camp is made possible through generous donations of foundations, corporations, and individuals. Their goal is that no child is ever turned away from camp due to lack of funds. They work with scholarships and other types of financial aid. They also partner with school districts, nonprofit organizations, hospitals, health clinics, volunteers and businesses. One of their biggest partners is the Lincoln YMCA Camp Kitaki.
They target sick and recovering kids, their siblings, and their families. Children in remission since age two share the camp with newly diagnosed twelve-year-olds; regardless of the age of diagnosis, they all share a common bond. With their daily medications and special medical needs, these kids often didn't have an opportunity to attend camp before Camp CoHoLo was founded. They now host approximately 150 children each summer, as well as approximately 25 children each fall for a weekend sibling camp. They also have a Winter Carnival to provide the campers with an opportunity to get together with their camp buddies. Everyone is welcome, regardless of ability to pay. They are solely staffed by volunteers.
Their work with families is paid for by members and contributors. Families are never charged to participate in any TEBH program. Our new "BearHUGS" campaign is designed to increase awareness and build financial support involving different subscription levels. Our "Pay It Forward" program enables you to sponsor a child or family through a program. We now have the capability to accept online donations, and recently added an online "Wish List" containing various program and office supplies that are always needed and much appreciated. The staff and volunteers at Ted E. Bear Hollow are a resource for the community. They offer training and information to groups and organizations that are dealing with child grief, or would like to know more about the subject.
Ted E. Bear Hollow has a number of volunteer opportunities for students and members of the community that want to contribute to the work we do with grieving children and families. This may involve helping at day camps, facilitating support groups, assisting with fundraisers, completing an internship or helping around the office, among other things. We invite you to become part of the Ted E. Bear Hollow family and get involved today!