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Public Health


Open Door Health Clinic Named 2018 Public Health Champion

Kittitas County, WA - 03/23/2018 - The Kittitas County Board of Health Advisory Committee (BOHAC) is pleased to announce that the Open Door Health Clinic will be awarded the 2018 annual Kittitas County Public Health Champion Award. The award is in recognition of the clinic’s mission to provide basic medical care for low-income people without insurance or readily accessible healthcare. The award will be presented during the Kittitas County Board of Health meeting on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at 10:00 am in the Commissioners’ Auditorium of the Kittitas County Courthouse. The meeting, located at 205 W 5th Avenue, Ellensburg is open to the public.

The Open Door Health Clinic is a non-profit organization that has provided healthcare, free of charge, to the Central Washington community in Washington State since 1999. Open Door provides healthcare resources for those who are currently under-served in Ellensburg and Cle Elum.
“The Open Door Health Clinic is providing quality healthcare to those in our community who may not otherwise have that chance, which is a significant contribution” asserts Andrew Lyons, BOHAC Chair.  “In essence it is health equity, or the idea that everyone should receive medical care, even without insurance or financial resources.”
Three other nominations for the award were received this year, and BOHAC wants to recognize the other nominees for their contributions to the health of the community:

  • RSVP and Volunteer Center providing prevention education for fall-related injuries of adults aged 65 and older.
  • Gloria Wright for supporting breastfeeding families and a local support group, Nurturing Naturally.
  • Dr. John Merrill-Steskal for providing family medicine services for 24 years and being a health advocate in the community.
The Kittitas County Public Health Champion Award recognizes individuals, groups, or organizations that make significant contributions to the health of Kittitas County.  The recipient receives a $500 award to be used for current or future projects that contribute to the health of Kittitas County. The award is funded by a generous donation from former Kittitas County Health Officer Jim Gale.
The mission of BOHAC is to provide advisory feedback and formal recommendations, to both the Board of Health and the Public Health Department of Kittitas County, related to policy, funding, initiatives, and emergent needs, in support of the goals and mission of the Kittitas County Public Health Department.  If you are interested in donating to the Annual Kittitas
County Public Health Champion Award fund, please contact Dr. Bob Davis, BOHAC Treasurer, at
For more information regarding BOHAC or the Public Health Champion Award, please contact the Kittitas County Public Health Department at (509) 962-7515.

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Contact: Kasey Knutson, Public Information Officer, 509-962-7515