2020 Department of Health Promotion Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award
The 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award for the Department of Health Promotion Sciences goes to Pam Remmel, MPH.
Pam earned her MPH is 1993 from the Department and is a loyal alumna, donor and friend to the Hudson College of Public Health. After graduation, Pam immediately starting serving the state in leadership roles. Pam served as the Executive Director for the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network in Oklahoma from 1995-2001, where she assisted with the transition from a hospice model to a life-affirming model of volunteer service. Pam went on to be the Executive Director of Heartline from 2001- 2007. Pam was a teen pregnancy and HIV prevention coordinator for the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy and a certified neuro-diagnostic technologist working in both hospital and clinic settings. Pam ended her distinguished career as the Executive Director for the Health Alliance for the Uninsured, where she worked for more than 12 years until her retirement in 2019. As Executive Director for the Health Alliance for the Uninsured, she and the HAU team worked with thirteen free or charitable partner clinics and two community health centers to develop collaborative solutions to the unmet health needs of their low-income, uninsured patients. HAU received the Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence Award in the Health Services category in April 2016 and Pam received the Don J. Blair Friend of Medicine Award presented by Oklahoma State Medical Association in April 2016. Pam recently joined the Board of the Public Health Institute of Oklahoma. In her free time, Pam enjoys gardening, cooking, walking her dogs, and reading to stay current. She is a relocation volunteer for the Oklahoma Humane Society, having made two trips to Chicago to transfer a total of 62 dogs and puppies for adoption. Pam looks forward to resuming travel her plans.
Here is an excerpt from one of her nomination letters:
“Pam has been a quiet, but strong public health leader in Oklahoma for many years. She has brought passion and commitment to numerous public health initiatives such as child advocacy and teen pregnancy prevention, HIV and AIDS education and assistance, and crisis interventions. Most recently, her work with the uninsured has helped thousands of Oklahomans find health care when they had no place else to turn. Her public health efforts and advocacy has made a difference, and is clearly most deserving of the Hudson College of Public Health Distinguished Alumnus Award.”
– Neil Hann, 2019 DAA Winner
2020 Department of Health Promotion Sciences Young Alumni Award
The 2020 Young Alumni Professional Award for the Department of Health Promotion Sciences goes to Oklahoma County Commissioner Carrie Blumert, MPH! Carrie earned her MPH in 2012.
Carrie Blumert is a public health professional with a desire to reform our criminal justice system and engage more young people and women in local government. Before getting elected as County Commissioner for District 1, she worked for the Oklahoma City County Health Department for 5 years, managing health care partnerships and community-based prevention programs. She directed several large initiatives, the Wellness Now Coalition, Open Streets OKC, and OKC Mobile Market. Wellness Now is a grassroots effort to make Oklahoma County a healthier place to live. They oversee programs related to mental health, tobacco and substance abuse, and nutrition. Open Streets OKC is an effort by the Coalition to promote walkable communities and healthy lifestyles. The OKC Mobile Market is a mobile grocery store will provide nutrition in food deserts across Oklahoma County.
Prior to her time at City County Health, Carrie worked for Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma and the OU Department of Behavioral Pediatrics, where she taught and developed treatment plans for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. In addition to earning her MPH from the Hudson College of Public Health, Carrie earned a Bachelor's degree in Child and Family Services from OSU. She graduated from Bartlesville High School and is the first person in her family to be elected to public office.
Carrie remains committed to serving our community. She lives in OKC and is an active member of Crestwood Vineyard Church.
Here’s an excerpt from one of her nomination letters:
“Carrie is doing great things for our county and has integrated all of her public health training into her role as a county commissioner. She might be the first county commissioner in the state to hold a public health degree! I am continually impressed with how she approaches really complicated issues but always inserts a health for all- health in all policy, perspective. Her commitment to criminal justice and mental health reform is second to none. She is really well-spoken and a great example of what we want to see in Hudson College of Public Health alumni. ”
Please help us congratulate Commissioner Carrie Blumert for her amazing contributions and for receiving this distinguished award.