Public Health Officials Recognized On ‘Public Health Thank You Day’

WAYNE – Those who work in public health across the state were recognized Monday afternoon during a virtual press conference hosted by the Nebraska Association of Local Health Directors (NALHD).

Most of 21 NALHD members who are directors of local and tribal health departments in Nebraska were on the call.

Susan Bockrath, Executive Director of NALHD led the event.

“Public Health Thank You Day is an annual event that’s promoted by the National Association of County and City Health Officials, also known as NACCHO as well as the American Public Health Association, also known as APHA,” said Bockrath. “It recognizes the efforts of the public health practitioners across the United States.”

Speakers included Terra Uhing, Director of Three Rivers Public Health Department (Fremont); Jeremy Eschliman, Director of Two Rivers Public Health Department (Kearney); Gina Uhing, Director of Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department (Wisner) and Dr. Matt Donahue, Acting State Epidemiologist.

Dr. Donahue would like to thank the statewide public health team arising to all of the public health challenges.

“We have many accomplishments and a lot of hard work to celebrate,” Dr. Donahue added. “Your local health departments and the state health department have worked day and night over the past two years to make sure data is shared, to make sure case are investigated and contacts are traced, to make sure testing’s available.”

Public Health officials would like to thank all the Nebraskans who have played an active roll in the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Gina Uhing mentioned Nebraskans can continue to help slow the spread.

“Staying home when you’re sick, avoiding crowded indoor spaces,” Gina Uhing mentioned. “Wear a mask when you’re indoors and you can’t avoid these crowds. Please wash your hands.”

The COVID vaccine is now approved for everyone over the age of five.