Recently Todd Barson, Deputy Director of the Bear River Health Department, was named winner of the Beatty Award, the most prestigious public health award given by the Utah Public Health Association (UPHA).
“It was a fun surprise to be recognized by your peers and co-workers for doing something that you like to do,” said Barson. “I have worked at Bear River Health for over 25 years now. It’s been a rewarding career and nice to have that recognition.”
During the presentation at UPHA’s 100th anniversary gala Barson was recognized for his ability to work with partnerships, to create plans and to see them through.
“I get a chance to work with a lot of our division directors such as our nursing director, our environmental health director and our substance abuse director on personnel issues and human resource and budget issues plus policy-types of issues.
“We work in areas where you can make a difference. When you look at public health you understand we are about preventing disease and improving the quality of life. When you can do that with community partners you meet a lot of interesting people along the way and you have a chance to make a difference in a community.”
The Bear River Health Department is one of 12 local public health departments that work to promote and protect the health of Utah’s residents. It was established in 1971 by the Utah Legislature as the Bear River District Health Department. The BRHD is responsible for providing public health services to the residents of Box Elder, Cache, and Rich County.