Summit County commissioners recognize public health, child welfare, emergency workers through proclamations |

Summit County commissioners recognize public health, child welfare, emergency workers through proclamations

Summit County public health director Amy Wineland, center, celebrates with other Summit County officials and staff during a volunteer appreciation drive-thru event at the Summit Stage Bus Barn in Frisco on May 20, 2021. Public health workers were included in the proclamations signed by the Summit County commissioners on Tuesday, March 22.
Jason Connolly/For the Summit Daily News

The Summit County commissioners declared their support for five causes during a meeting Tuesday, March 22.

The board unanimously approved five proclamations aimed at raising awareness or providing support for climate change initiatives, child abuse prevention, education, public health and public safety.

The first proclamation established the period from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 26, as Earth Hour. The World Wildlife Fund designated that hour to support efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to conserve energy.

The board encourages members of the community to turn off all nonessential lights during the hour and spend the time committed to fighting climate change, Commissioner Josh Blanchard said. Summit County government buildings will also turn off nonessential lights during that time.

The board also approved two proclamations dedicating April as The Month of the Young Child and Child Abuse Prevention Month. The board committed itself to supporting and participating in community-based family support and resource programs and to continuing support of the Summit County Child Care Association, Early Childhood Options, the Summit County Right Start Project and all other efforts to improve the lives of children in the county.

Through the Child Abuse Prevention Month proclamation, the board dedicated the county to protecting the right for children to live in a loving and nurturing environment.

“Child welfare has had a busy couple of years, but we all continue to work closely with our community partners to ensure the safety of our children and that the families they work with have the supports that they need,” said Daniella Lugo, child and adult protection supervisor with Summit County.

Lugo encouraged anyone who has witnessed child abuse to call Colorado’s hotline at 844-264-5437.

The board also proclaimed April 4-10 as National Public Health Week, raising awareness of the importance of public health for expanding life expectancy, preventing the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19 and improving equity in communities.

Summit County Public Health Director Amy Wineland said Public Health Week has become even more significant during the pandemic.

“We are mourning, nationally, the loss of nearly 1 million lives to COVID,” she said. “We have come to recognize just how essential our public health efforts and public health workers truly are.”

Even with lower COVID-19 case numbers, public health departments are essential to protecting overall health, Wineland said.

“We must prioritize and address health disparities and inequities that have been exposed and worsened by COVID-19,” she said. “We must also address environmental and climate factors … that threaten the public’s health.”

The board’s final proclamation recognized the week of April 10-16 as National Public Safety Telecommuters Week, honoring people who operate 911 and other emergency phone lines.


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