Maryanne (Keating) Ferguson, seen above with Peter Sebert, Sr. Program Director and Helene Mogridge, CEO from the Keene Family YMCA, has won the “Friend of Public Health” award at the New Hampshire Public Health Association Annual Meeting in Concord on April 13. This annual award is presented to a person (or group) who has been instrumental in practicing and promoting public health in New Hampshire.
“I am so honored to receive this award. Public health work is never done alone so the award also represents my Healthy Monadnock colleagues who are passionate about advancing health and wellbeing in our region,” says Ferguson.
Ferguson’s hard work and expertise have benefited numerous CMC/DHK Center for Population Health Strategy and Practice programs and initiatives, notes Rudolph Fedrizzi, director, Community Health Clinical Integration at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene, who nominated Ferguson for the award. Ferguson has been actively involved in implementing Worksite Wellness support for Organizational Champions, Turn a New Leaf menu labeling, and Monadnock Coalition for the Promotion of Breastfeeding , among other programs.
“Maryanne is the type of ‘boots on the ground’ mover and shaker,” says Fedrizzi. “She gives me confidence that one day our region will be the healthiest community in the nation and that New Hampshire will be healthier through the dissemination of evidence-supported initiatives that she has nurtured.”
“I congratulate Maryanne on this well-deserved award,” adds Dr. Jose Montero, vice president, Population Health and Health System Integration, Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock-Keene. “It is great to see how the work of Maryanne and her teammates is recognized at the state level. Her hard work and expertise have helped to improve the health of our population in the Monadnock Region as well as numerous CMC/DHK Center for Population Health Strategy and Practice programs and initiatives.”
CMC/DHK has had several past winners of the Friends of Public Health award, including Linda Rubin, director, Healthy Community Initiative-Healthy Monadnock, Dr. Jose Montero, as the public health director at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, and Dr. Yvonne Goldsberry, as the previous CMC/DHK vice president of Population Health and now president of the Endowment for Health.