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The Westchester County Board of Health is now seeking nominations for the 2022 Public Health Service Awards. The Board wants to recognize adults, young people and not-for-profit programs whose volunteer efforts have demonstrated creativity and compassion in response to the enduring Covid-19 pandemic and who helped improve public health in Westchester.

The Board encourages community leaders, healthcare professionals, educators and residents to nominate worthy people or programs by February 8 using these nomination forms.

The Dr. Harold Keltz Distinguished Public Health Service Award is presented annually to a person or community-based organization, whose efforts have made an extraordinary contribution to the public health of Westchester residents but who is not professionally engaged in public health work.

The J.R. Tesone Youth Public Health Service Award is an annual award to a student up to age 21 for his or her creative contribution to public health in Westchester. The award was created in 2014 in memory of J.R. Tesone, a Board of Health member with a lifelong commitment to Westchester children.

The Board also will highlight the compassion, creativity and commitment demonstrated by a select group of nominees, who will be named Public Health Honorees. 

These awards will be announced and presented in April to spotlight National Public Health Week.

Westchester County Board of Health's 2020 and 2021 Public Health Award Winners and Honorees
The Board of Health presented the 2021 Dr. Harold Keltz Distinguished Public Health Service Award for 2021 to Amy Kirschenbaum of New Rochelle and Neighbors Link in Mount Kisco. Kirschenbaum, a physical education teacher at Westchester Day School in Mamaroneck, launched numerous efforts to assist Westchester individuals and families touched by COVID-19 and to give back to healthcare workers and first responders throughout Westchester and beyond. She delivered meals, raised fund, distributed iPads and iPhones to patients hospitalized with Covid-19, collected and distributed toys and baby care products and more.
Neighbors Link was recognized for the hot meals, groceries, referrals for support, medicine and public health messaging it provided to more than 1,000 new immigrant families each week during the pandemic.

The Board awarded the 2021 J.R. Tesone Youth Public Health Service Award to Nolan James, an 11th grader from Larchmont. Nolan organized a bicycle brigade of school friends from Rye Country Day School who delivered meals to clients of Caritas, a Catholic charity in Port Chester. He also collected carloads of reusable bags for those deliveries.

The Board also recognized three Public Health Honorees for service to our community:

  • Molly Howson of Rye, who raised funds for personal protective equipment for hospital and nursing home workers; and
  • Caitlyn Carpenter of Mamaroneck, who organized students to lobby for free legal representation for tenants facing eviction; and
  • Milan Acosta of New Rochelle, who raised funds to feed essential workers.