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HEY! wins health ed award


Michelle Rodriguez, director of Hillsboro-based Helping Empower Youth (HEY!), was honored Thursday, April 4 during the 11th Annual Public Health Recognition Awards at the Charles D. Cameron Public Services Building auditorium in Hillsboro.

This year, organizations and individuals were recognized for their work to prevent alcohol and drug use among youth.

Some of HEY’s initiatives include Prom Perfect, which promotes the message that Prom can be fun without substance abuse; prevention clubs at all of the district’s middle schools and two high schools; a “Parent University” to educate parents about drug and alcohol trends in the community; retail compliance checks; and drug turn-in events.”

Supporting our youth by preventing substance abuse and establishing healthy lives is one of the best investments we can make in our communities,” said Washington County Public Health Division Manager Kathleen O’Leary.

Past honorees have started a student-run community garden; implemented a food program for seniors and homebound individuals; collaborated on complicated tuberculosis outbreaks and treatment; and provided nutritious food and educational activities for low-income children during the summer.

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