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August 2016

Steven Marcus

Health Foundation of South Florida (Miami) President & CEO Steven Marcus received a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Award for Health Equity by the NRPA. The award will be publicly presented during the 2016 NRPA Annual Conference in St. Louis on October 6. He and the foundation collaborated with the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department to advance complete streets, age friendly parks, outdoor fitness equipment, safe routes to parks, and safe routes to aging in place, and established a health and community design element within the Miami-Dade County Comprehensive Development Master Plan.

Contact: Shari Gantman
Phone: 305.374.9199

Herman Thompson

Talkeetna resident, Herman Thompson, was recognized with the Bert Hall Award for Commitment to the Health of the Community. The “Bertie” is presented by the Mat-Su Health Foundation to an individual who consistently exemplifies commitment to improving the health and wellness of Mat-Su residents. Mr. Thompson has long been a leader in the Borough’s Senior Services systems, including the Regional Senior Services Oversight Committee. He sits on the board of Upper Susitna Seniors, Inc., where he and his colleagues on the USSI board have found a host of ways to serve seniors. He also works with Sunshine Transit Advisory Board and sits on the Mat-Su Borough’s Health and Human Services Board. The award is named in honor of Mat-Su resident Bert Hall, who helped put together the Valley Hospital Foundation Board of Directors and currently serves as a Mat-Su Regional Medical Center Trustee. Mr. Hall has served Alaska as a Mat-Su Regional Medical Center board member, associate director of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Health and Human Services, director of health and social services for the Municipality of Anchorage, and as the Alaska liaison to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Contact: Robin Minard
Phone: 907.352.2892