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State names Jessica S. Burt “HIV/AIDS Educator of the Year”

Honoree is a 10-year veteran teacher at Snohomish Health District

EVERETT— AIDS Health Educator Jessica S. Burt of Snohomish Health District has been selected as “Educator of the Year 2001” for Region 3 by the Washington Statewide Regional Service Networks and Washington State Department of Health. Burt and five other distinguished AIDS educators will be recognized for their achievements at an awards banquet Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel in SeaTac.

Burt has served the public as a Health Educator for 10 years at Snohomish Health District. In that time she has presented HIV/AIDS information and classes to people in schools, conferences, health fairs, detention centers, jails, drug treatment centers and one-on-one counseling. She received a Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Arizona State University, and a Master of Public Health degree from California State University, Long Beach. Burt will receive an engraved plaque from Jack Jourden, Director of Infectious Disease and Reproductive Health for the Department of Health.

Said Jourden, “Jessica is a consummate professional. The woman is unflappable — and her knowledge of HIV/AIDS puts people at ease so they really absorb the health messages and feel comfortable asking questions about fairly intense information.”

The Region 3 AIDS Service Network serves Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom Counties. On March 1, 1988, the Washington State Legislature passed the Omnibus AIDS Bill (ESSB 6221), establishing the Regional AIDS Service Networks as the official state regional agencies for AIDS information, education, and coordination of services.

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