The San Diego LGBT Community Center’s chief executive was among those honored by the county Friday for work in public health.
Delores Jacobs took home one of the top Public Health Champion awards, given each year by the county Health and Human Services Agency to individuals and organizations that have worked to improve public health, for her leadership in the fight against HIV and expanding mental health services.
“Jacobs has been an advocate for public health services and a leader in changing the future for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender individuals for more than 20 years,” according to a county-issued statement. “The center, which is the epicenter of response to the HIV epidemic, has remained one of the leading providers of HIV care and prevention services.”
Dr. Jeannette Aldous, clinical director of infectious disease at San Ysidro Health, was also honored.
“Dr. Aldous has more than 10 years of experience in public health and gives a valuable community provider perspective as a leader in improving tuberculosis care and prevention in San Diego County,” according to the county. “Dr. Aldous has an impressive resume that includes local, state and international public health experience, especially in infectious disease treatment and prevention.”
The San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition was lauded for its two decades of support of infants, mothers and families, and the UC San Diego EyeMobile for Children was recognized for providing more than 200,000 vision screenings and 10,000 pairs of glasses to children in the region over the past 17 years.
A total of 19 people and organizations were honored.
—City News Service
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