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January 30th, 2013

Hudson awarded Public Health Professional of the Year honors

Dr. Jean M. Hudson

GOSHEN – Orange County Commissioner of Health, Dr. Jean M. Hudson, has been named Public Health Professional of the Year by the New York State Association of County Health Officials (NYSACHO).

"On behalf of the residents of Orange County, I’m proud to congratulate our very own Commissioner of Health, Dr. Jean Hudson, on this well-deserved recognition," said County Executive Edward Diana. "To be recognized as the top of the field by her profession’s leading state organization is true testament to Dr. Hudson’s experience, expertise, and commitment to public health. We are indeed fortunate to have her here in Orange County working on behalf of our residents."

As President of NYSACHO, Dr. Hudson led the NYSACHO effort to ensure that Governor Cuomo vetoed a bill that would have hampered public health officials’ ability to respond to outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases on college campuses.

"During her tenure as NYSACHO president, Dr. Hudson exemplified the best as a local public health leader and as a leader of the Association," said NYSACHO president, Marie Cross Ostoyich, Greene County Public Health Director. "Jean made it her goal, a goal she achieved, to personally reach out to every local health department leader in the state to gain their input on strengthening NYSACHO as an association."

Under Dr. Hudson’s leadership, the Orange County Department of Health participated in an innovative Sugary Beverage project to combat chronic disease. She also led outstanding public outreach in her county to prevent West Nile Virus and flu, and responded to public health issues following Tropical Storms Irene and Lee, and Super Storm Sandy.

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