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Trailblazing community health workers honored

February 11, 2016

Lifetime achievement awards go to women dedicated to asthma management

Two from Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department recognized for helping thousands of South Sound families. Both are pioneers in community health work.


TACOMA, Wash. –
Over the years Genevieve Schmidt and Etta Logan visited homes across Pierce County with a mission: help children breathe easier. Mujeres Latinas Apoyando La Communidad and the Puget Sound Asthma Coalition honored their work by giving each a lifetime achievement award Dec. 11, 2015 at the annual Clean Air for Kids Celebration at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital.

“This lifetime award is to recognize the extensive service both Etta and Genevieve have given towards helping thousands of families in the South Sound with evidence-based solutions to improve their home environments,” said Robin Evans-Agnew, RN, Ph.D., assistant professor at University of Washington-Tacoma and steering committee member of the Puget Sound Asthma Coalition.

Schmidt and Logan were early leaders in the community health worker movement. During their years at Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, these frontline public health workers built relationships with families across the county to offer culturally appropriate social support and in-home services to address asthma and chronic respiratory illnesses.

“Gen and Etta take this important work personally,” said Judy Olsen, environmental health specialist and Clean Air for Kids coordinator. “The help that they provide to kids and families shows a strong commitment to protect and improve health for Pierce County residents,” said Olsen.

As part of their work in the Department’s Clean Air for Kids program, Schmidt and Logan evaluate children for asthma control, identify asthma triggers and offer solutions to parents, and develop a plan for asthma management during home visits. This service is free to clients and is available without a doctor’s referral. Details about the program and asthma resources are on our web site, tpchd.org.

Contact:
Edie Jeffers, Communications Manager
(253) 798-2853, (253) 405-6822 (cell/text), ejeffers@tpchd.org
Steve Metcalf, Communications Specialist
(253) 798-6540, (253) 345-8238, (cell/text), smetcalf@tpchd.org

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