Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo's Communications Office
Lieutenant Governor Mongiardo honored with Paul Mason Public Health Award

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, March 11, 2009  
Contact Information:  Sarah Baird

Today, Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo was named the recipient of the 2009 Paul Mason Memorial Public Health Award by the Kentucky Public Health Association (KPHA).

Accepting the award at the KPHA 61st Annual Conference in Louisville, Lt. Gov. Mongiardo was recognized for his significant contributions to improving public health and increasing awareness both as a medical doctor and as a public servant.

Lt. Gov. Mongiardo has been instrumental in increasing awareness about colon cancer and partnered with the Kentucky Commission on Women (KCW) to host a Women’s Health Summit this fall. Additionally, Lt. Gov. Mongiardo and KCW conducted a series of news conference around that state emphasizing the warning signs associated with cervical cancer and the importance of early detection.

The Lieutenant Governor led the way in public health advocacy nationwide when he launched the pilot program for the National Lieutenant Governor’s Association (NLGA) cardiovascular health campaign, Your Heart is in Your Hands. In conjunction with this highly successful effort, in February he served as host to the first ever Lieutenant Governor’s Committee on Cardiovascular Health Summit: a working group aimed at tackling the root causes of heart disease in the Commonwealth and offering pragmatic solutions.

“I am honored today to receive such an important, special award,” said Lieutenant Governor Mongiardo. “I hope that through my public health work, I am able to not only touch the lives of those in need, but inspire others to become more involved in improving the health of their communities.”

The Paul Mason Public Health Award is given each year to a public figure that has made an impact on the quality of public health in Kentucky.  Larry Davis, Director of the Marshall County Health Department and a former winner, nominated Lt. Gov. Mongiardo.