Jason Cardona named a 2021 Public Health Champion of the Year
Throughout the past two years battling the COVID-19 pandemic, Jason Cardona has gone above and beyond in his role as pharmacy director at Lutheran Medical Center, and as an active member of our incident management team. Because of this, he was selected as one of the 2021 Public Health Champions of the Year by Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH).
The Public Health Champion Awards are given out annually to recognize the vital contributions individuals, groups and organizations make toward JCPH’s shared goal of a healthier, thriving Jefferson County. The awards are part of JCPH’s annual recognition of National Public Health Week, April 4-10.
Jason was nominated by Christine Billings, MPH, emergency preparedness and pandemic response coordinator at Jefferson County Public Health, for his integral support of the equitable and prioritized distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics to the community. His collaboration and support in providing services to prioritized populations played a vital role in making COVID-19 mitigation strategies available to all.
This year, the Public Health Champion Awards are being given to those who do not work directly in public health, but have made important contributions to the public’s health. According to JCPH, the past two years have brought a whole new meaning to public health partnership and they are overwhelmed with admiration and gratitude.
"The challenges of the past two years have been unprecedented in healthcare,” Cardona says. “As healthcare workers, our mission is to improve the health of our community, and the opportunity to provide an effective vaccine and new treatments for covid-19 to our caregivers and our community has been personally fulfilling."
A letter from the Jefferson County public health interim leadership team stated: “The COVID-19 pandemic has been one of the most challenging issues our community has ever faced, and we are incredibly thankful for you — our partners — for working tirelessly and going above and beyond to protect the health of Jeffco residents. Further, this year’s champions are remarkable in that they have served the community through the pandemic, but have also worked tirelessly to uphold other efforts and priorities of public health. During times like those we have endured, the strength of a community is tested; because of you, Jefferson County has proven to be resilient.”
A virtual awards ceremony for the Public Health Champions will take place on April 6. It is hosted by JCPH, Jefferson County Board of Health and Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners.
We would like to extend our gratitude and congratulations to Jason for his efforts and partnership to help protect the health and safety of those in our community!
A JCPH news release with details is available at https://www.jeffco.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1834. In addition, there is a video highlighting the amazing efforts of all of the 2021 Public Health Champions, available at https://youtu.be/PKPJ2PPezuQ.