Call for Nominations for Local Community Health Heroes

Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization (FDRHPO) and North Country Health Compass Partners seeking nominations for the 2022 “Community Health Hero” awards.

Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization (FDRHPO) and North Country Health Compass Partners are asking residents of Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties to nominate an individual in their community whom they consider to be a “Community Health Hero.”

Anyone who has demonstrated outstanding public service and a commitment to improving the health and wellness of their community can be nominated, and one individual from each county will be chosen to receive the 2022 Community Health Hero Award.

All nominees must…

  • live or work in Jefferson, Lewis or St. Lawrence counties (not necessarily in the healthcare field);
  • dedicate time and resources toward the improvement of community health and wellness; and
  • show a level of care and compassion that exceeds that which is demonstrated by an average citizen.

“Since 2017, we have honored three Community Health Heroes each November,” explains Pat Fontana, Director of Population Health for FDRHPO. “A Community Health Hero could be a neighbor, loved one, retired citizen, volunteer, physician, nurse, healthcare provider, patient advocate, educator or anyone else in the community! Citizens are encouraged to think outside the box and nominate anyone who may not always get recognized for the work they do.”

Community members may submit one nomination for consideration. Volunteers from the North Country Health Compass Partners will then select one recipient from each of the counties (three awards total) based on the following factors: relation to health and wellness; scope of impact; depth of impact; social influence; volunteerism; and uniqueness. Recipients will be honored locally during the Community Health Heroes Luncheon on Monday, November 7, 2022 and throughout New York State on November 17, 2022, National Rural Health Day.

Nomination forms can be found online by following this link. All nominations must be submitted by September 1, 2022.

For more information, call or email Mariah Baker at FDRHPO at 315-755-2020 ext. 15 or

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