Carolyn Wetzel, Public Health Advocate Remembered
The Carolyn Wetzel Continuum Award
The Carolyn Wetzel Continuum Award recognizes volunteers and health professionals who contribute to the health and well being of Georgia's families. This award is in memory of Carolyn Wetzel, a long-time member, friend, and dedicated public health advocate for mothers and babies. This award will be presented at our Annual Meeting on October 23-24, 2017 at Oconee Fall Line Technical College in Dublin, GA.
Criteria for selection include:
• Role model for peers
• Demonstrated commitment to achieving equity in healthcare for Georgia’s women and children
• Positive change agent - either in the work place or public arena of advocacy and policy
Winners From Previous Years
2016 - Deborah Dumphy
2015 - No Wetzel Continuum Awarded, Rep. Sharon Cooper (R-Marietta) was awarded the first Charlotte Wilen Maternal & Infant Health Advocate of the Year Award and Aetna was awarded the first Corporate Stewardship Award for their support of research on pregnancy and oral hygiene.
2013 - Dr. Sandra Mobley
2012 - Carol Hendrix
2011- Margaret Turner
2010 - Mary Nicholson-Jackson
Who was Carolyn Wetzel?
HMHB celebrates the life of Board Member, longtime friend and public health advocate, Carolyn Wetzel. The former HMHB Board President died February 15, 2009 after a battle with cancer.
Her service to HMHB was untiring as were her years of service to Public Health in Georgia and the south and to issues affecting the health of women and families. Her leadership and strong advocacy will be missed at HMHB. We were privileged to have her as a driving force of this organization for many years.
Carolyn Wetzel was a member of HMHB for more than 25 years. For most of those years, she actively served on the Board of Directors, giving leadership, direction and personal talents to this organization. She was HMHB's Board President from Oct 2001-Oct 2005. In addition to her advocacy as a member of HMHB's Public Affairs Committee, she was a tireless fundraiser and financial steward. When the need arose, she also served as Interim Executive Director for several months. She was always a supportive advisor and counsel to staff and the Board throughout her tenure with HMHB.
Besides serving as President of HMHB and on the Public Affairs, Fundraising and Organizational Management Committees of HMHB, Carolyn was an active member of the Georgia Public Health Association and served for several years on the GPHA finance committee.
She will be missed not only for her many contributions, but also for her warmth, her enthusiasm and her joyful dedication to the causes she championed. For more on Carolyn Wetzel’s service in Georgia and the South in Public Health and WIC we invite you to read the articles we have linked below.