PHLP Student Chinburg named "Prevention Champion"
|Mardel Chinburg, a student in the Public Health Leadership Program, was recently named a “Prevention Champion” by the Lane County(Oregon)
Public Health’s Prevention Program. Eight honorees were named as part of this year’s National Prevention Week, May 12-18.
An active prevention/public health advocate in Lane County for the last 30 years, Mardel is currently Board Chair for the local obesity prevention nonprofit, the Lane Coalition for Healthy Active Youth; sits on the Board of Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon; is a member of Lane County’s Public Health Advisory Committee; and a Board Member at Pacific Rivers Council. In addition to juggling service to those four groups, Mardel works full-time for the consumer protection and prevention law firm Johnson, Johnson, Larson and Schaller. As part of her MPH program, she also completed an internship with Lane County Public Health last fall which included conducting interviews with dozens of elected and appointed community leaders to identify community strengths and themes as part of Lane County Public Health’s first community health assessment. In her free time, Mardel is an avid cyclist, hiker and skier.
The eight honorees work in the areas of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention, mental health promotion and suicide prevention, problem gambling prevention, obesity prevention, and health transformation, family and community wellness. These champions of prevention volunteer their time, energy and expertise to the local community coalitions and councils.
The other awardees are: Robin Roberts – parent and family support; Ed Lichtenstein -evidence-based practice, problem gambling, binge drinking prevention; Tara DaVee – healthcare and community wellness; Darlene Baker and Lissa Voorhees – suicide prevention; John Weatherly – veterans and mental health promotion; and Rick Kincade – healthcare reform.
“The term ‘prevention’ sometimes can be confusing as to what we do,” said Lane County Prevention Specialist, Julie Hynes. “We look at it simply: we want to help create conditions that promote the well-being of people. It’s about helping people, families and communities to be healthy where we live, learn, work and play. The prevention champions being honored this week are passionate about prevention and know that, while it takes hard work and doesn’t happen overnight, prevention work truly helps save lives.
ABOUT PREVENTION WEEKNational Prevention Week supports the concept that effective prevention of mental and substance use disorders requires consistent action.