Health Department opens nominations for Public Health Hero Award

The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment is taking nominations for the ninth Joseph Jabaily Public Health Hero Award. The award was created by the Larimer County Board of Health to honor Dr. Joseph Jabaily, a Loveland neurologist, community activist, volunteer and member of many boards in the county, who died tragically after an accident in a charity bicycle race in summer of 2004.

At the time of his death, Jabaily was an unaffiliated candidate for the state legislature, hoping to improve public health, health care and education problems in Colorado.

The award honors an individual or group who has contributed in an extraordinary way to public health in Larimer County or has made an outstanding contribution to public health in Larimer County over time. Nominations for the Award must be received, by online application or by mail, no later than 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27. Nominations should not exceed two pages and only one nomination per person will be accepted.

Individual criteria are:
• Nominees must either live or work in Larimer County.
• Nominee does not need to be a public health professional (could be a judge, a volunteer, a teacher etc).
• Nomination can be either for an individual or a team effort.
• Nominee cannot be a current employee of the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment or a current Board of Health member.

“We look forwarding to honoring an award recipient who shared Joe’s commitment to improving public health,” said Dr. Adrienne LeBailly, director of the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment.

For more information, visit or call 970-498-6750.

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