The awards were presented by the Minnesota Department of
Public Health during the annual Community Health
Conference in Brainerd Sept. 25.
Johnson received the Jim Parker Leadership Award for “passion
and creativity in public health education. Johnson brings a great depth of
knowledge and understanding to his work in public health, uses a collaborative
approach to leadership and problem-solving, and builds a fun, collegial atmosphere
for solving problems,” according to a Minnesota Department of Public Health
Recipients of the award are nominated by their peers, award
winners chosen by the State Community Health Services Advisory Committee.
"Public health is a crucial but sometimes
underappreciated field of work," Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr.
Edward Ehlinger said at the conference. "We know healthy people and
healthy communities are a cornerstone of our state's quality of life, and we
thank you for your hard work to protect, maintain and improve the health of all
The Community Health Awards are presented each year to
public health professionals throughout Minnesota for contributions to public