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New Bert Hall Award for Commitment to the Health of the Community Presented

13-Jun-2013

Wasilla, Alaska— Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) has announced the new Bert Hall Award for Commitment to the Health of the Community. The award will be presented annually to an individual who has consistently exemplified commitment to improving the health and wellness of people in the Mat-Su Borough. MSHF presented the first award – to Bert Hall, of course – at its annual membership meeting on June 10, 2013.

“Solving complex community health problems doesn’t just happen with one organization, doesn’t just happen in a board room, and doesn’t just happen with talented people with extensive expertise,” said Elizabeth Ripley, Mat-Su Health Foundation Executive Director. “It takes community partners. Sometimes these partners are organizations; other times, they are individuals. We are honored to recognize one such individual with the new Bert Hall Award for Commitment to the Health of the Community.”

Bert has made remarkable contributions to the health of Alaskans. He helped - and continues to help - position Mat-Su Health Foundation and Mat-Su Regional Medical Center for success. He has served Alaska in many capacities—as associate director of the US Department of Veterans Affairs, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Health and Human Services, director of health and social services for the Municipality of Anchorage for more than 10 years, and as the Alaska liaison to the US Department of Health and Human Services. Bert also served as a president of the Alaska Public Health Association, represented Alaska on the Governing Council of the American Public Health Association, and served on the Alaska Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. He helped put together the Valley Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, and he currently serves as a Mat-Su Regional Medical Center Trustee

Bert has been a mentor and friend to many people in the Valley. He has committed much of his life to making improvements in health and human services and the quality of life for veterans, for Mat-Su residents and for all Alaskans. He’s a tireless advocate for the people of Mat-Su and Alaska. For these reason, Mat-Su Health Foundation salutes Bert Hall with an award named in his honor that will be presented annually to a member of the community who lives up to his example.