by Trinity Gruenberg

trinity@inhnews.com

    The Jim Parker Leadership Award was created to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to Community Health Services at the state and local levels.

    The award is given in memory of Jim Parker, who was the director of the Community Health Services Division at the Minnesota Department of Health from 1984 until his untimely death in 1991. Jim Parker is remembered by those who knew him as a person of vision, wit, and hope. Under his leadership, the Minnesota Department of Health and the local public health system developed a cooperative partnership exemplified by a problem-based planning process, a strong state advisory committee, and an extensive communication network. 

    Cindy Pederson, director, of Wadena County Public Health, was awarded the Jim Parker Leadership Award on September 27, in Brainerd.

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