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Brenda L. Newell named “HIV/AIDS Educator of the Year”

Public health teacher delivers prevention messages to high-risk clients

SNOHOMISH COUNTY --- HIV/AIDS Health Educator Brenda L. Newell of Snohomish Health District was named “Educator of the Year 2002” for Region 3 by the Washington Statewide Regional Service Networks and Washington State Department of Health. Newell will be recognized for her achievement at the Health District’s board meeting Nov. 12.

This is the third year in a row that an employee of Snohomish Health District has been selected as HIV/AIDS Educator of the Year.

Since joining the Health District in 2000, Newell has worked to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS among high-risk populations and youth. She is well-known in Region 3 for her ability to create effective working partnerships among multiple community organizations.

“Education that results in behavioral changes is our most effective weapon in the fight against AIDS,” said M. Ward Hinds, MD, MPH, health officer for Snohomish Health District, “and Brenda Newell is a one-woman arsenal. She delivers clear, strong messages about preventing HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, and she does it because she wants people to make healthy choices,” he said.

Newell earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees from Northwest Nazarene College, and a Master of Social Work degree from University of Washington. Prior to her position at Snohomish Health District, Newell worked extensively in counseling and crisis intervention for abused women and children. Her volunteer work includes community education on domestic violence.

“Snohomish Health District attracts staff who are both highly skilled and dedicated to the mission of public health. Brenda Newell exemplifies this combination,” said Dr. Hinds.

In 1988 the Washington State Legislature passed the Omnibus AIDS Bill, establishing the Regional AIDS Service Networks as the official state regional agencies for AIDS information, education, and coordination of services. The Region 3 AIDS Service Network serves Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom counties. Its main office is housed with Snohomish Health District at 3020 Rucker Ave., Everett.

Established in 1959, the Snohomish Health District works to improve the health of individuals, families and communities through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats. Find more information about the Health District at www.snohd.org.

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