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BPS staff honored with Kitzhaber Public Health Leadership Award

Michelle Kunec-North was the recipient of the Multnomah County Health Department’s 2013 Governor John Kitzhaber Public Health Leadership Award. Each year the County awards Public Health Hero awards in six categories. The Governor John Kitzhaber Public Health Leadership Award honors those in our community who have worked unceasingly to create policy solutions that assure, promote, and protect health for every member of the community.

A Public Health Hero is a person or organization that promotes public health in their daily lives. This individual, organization or business is the driving force behind public health efforts that embody the following criteria:


  1. Makes a significant difference in the lives of the people served.
  2. Builds on individual and community strengths and assets.
  3. Mobilizes individuals and community groups to work in collaboration and cooperation.
  4. Are unique, innovative or fill an identified gap in a specific community Is characterized by social justice and a celebration of diversity.


Michelle has been a lead author for BPS on sections of several key planning projects:

  • Lead author for the Health and Safety Background Report (Comp Plan/Portland Plan). 
  •  Primary author for the “Healthy Connected City” strategy in the Portland Plan.
  •  Led background research for the Health Impact Assessment that was done for West Hayden Island project. 
  •  Created the Health Policy Scan (together with Beth Sanders at Oregon Public Health Institute, as part of a grant project) to help inform the Comprehensive Plan Update project.