2020 Department of Health Promotion Sciences Young Alumni Award

Carrie BlumertThe 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.