Oregon State University College of Public Health and Human Sciences MPH student Ms. Sara Hartstein has been honored by the Oregon Health Authority for her efforts in tobacco control – a testament to her decision to continue her education in light of an already successful career in public health.
The Joe Weller Guardian Award is given to those committed to mentoring new tobacco control advocates. Ms. Hartstein was honored with the award at the Place Matters conference hosted by the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section of the Oregon Health Authority in November. The conference addresses the growing chronic disease epidemic in Oregon and risk factors and conditions that drive it.
“It is an honor; however, I would not have received this award had it not been for my health department support system and community partners who have worked hard over the years to protect people from secondhand smoke, prevent people from starting tobacco and help people quit,” says Ms. Hartstein, who currently serves as a health policy specialist at the Benton County Health Department (BCHD).
Initially a tobacco prevention and education program coordinator, Ms. Hartstein has expanded her responsibilities to also address other topic areas through a policy, system and environmental approach.
Among her many achievements in tobacco prevention, Benton County continues to be a state leader in advancing systems and policy solutions that reduce tobacco use and other related chronic disease.