Indian Stream Health Center seeks nominations for annual community service awards
“On a daily basis, individuals and non-profit organizations work tirelessly to address the needs of area residents,” said Jordan Phinney, Patient and Financial Services Director at ISHC. “Our annual awards seek to recognize and thank those who have helped to make our community a healthier place to live in, work in and raise a family.”
Nominations can be made in three categories:
· Community Health Advocate Award
· Community Service Award
· Tricia McGuire Youth Health Advocate Award
The nomination deadline is Friday, September 8th
Please visit www.indianstream.org for guidelines and nomination forms. For questions and further information, please contact Ms. Phinney at (603) 388-2448 or via email at Jphinney@indianstream.org.
Community Health Advocate Award
The Community Health Advocate Award has been established to honor an individual within the health center’s service area who exemplifies service and has committed his/her time and talents to identifying and addressing community health needs.
Ms. Phinney says that the recognition is emblematic of Indian Stream’s mission statement- “Optimizing the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve. We would like to recognize a resident of our service area who demonstrates similar values, is community service minded, and is committed to improving the quality of life for individuals and families who live in northern Coos County.”
The following guidelines are established to set the standard to which ISHC holds the recipient of this award and are used to determine the successful nominee. Nominees will be community service oriented and work to meet the needs of residents in ISHC’s service area, which include 10 communities in northern Coos County, NH; seven towns in northeastern VT; and two communities in northern Oxford County ME. The need of the community is defined by the lack or scarcity of services or resources available to the area. This includes, but is not limited to: medical services, food, shelter, clothing, education, advocacy, outreach and prevention.
Nominees should be individuals who have a history of commitment to service over the long term (at least five years) to social improvement.
Community Service Award
Community service is the action of making services or resources available to the community and all of those who reside within it. “Serving the needs of the community and advocating for and supporting accessibility to services are key foundations that we are looking for in an individual nominee,” said Ms. Phinney. She added that this award has been established to recognize and honor the efforts of others to serve and make better the lives of all in the local community.
Nominees for the Community Service Award should be a nonprofit organization recognized under the Tax Act as an organization or association acting strictly for the benefit of society which includes acts of social welfare, civil improvement, educational, or environmental pursuits. Nominated organizations will be community service oriented and work to meet the needs of residents in ISHC’s service area. The need of the community is defined by the lack of services or resources available to the area. This includes, but is not limited to: medical services, food, shelter, clothing, education, advocacy, outreach and prevention. The services provided by the nominated organization will be open to all and not subject to limitations or prejudice due to personal beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, or race.
The Tricia McGuire Youth Health Advocate Award
This award was established in memory of the late Tricia McGuire, a beloved member of the ISHC team. Tricia passed away on February 24, 2015 after an intensely courageous and emotional battle with cancer. Tricia is, and will always be, missed at Indian Stream Health Center. However, her passion for healthcare lives on in our mission: Optimizing health and wellbeing within the communities we serve.
Tricia moved to the area in 2003 with her husband Christopher and one year later they welcomed their son, Charles (Charlie). Experienced in the medical field, primarily in pediatrics, Tricia joined Indian Stream Health Center in 2007 as a Medical Assistant. In her role, she provided compassionate care and services to patients of all ages and was well-liked by all. The pediatric population held a special place in her heart and she treated each child she encountered as her own.
The Tricia McGuire Youth Health Advocate Award will honor youth within Indian Stream’s service area who exemplify service and has committed his or her time and talents to identifying and addressing community health needs and improving the quality of life for individuals and families in Northern Coos County.
Examples of youth service might include someone (such as a neighbor, student or friend) with a history of advocating for activities that address public health issues such as poor diet, lack of exercise, family violence or substance abuse. Or it could be a person who supports the needs of seniors through activities like visiting, assistance with transportation or help with shopping. Or perhaps someone who volunteers for a local non-profit which focuses on those in need.
Nomination guidelines include: a focus on community service and needs in ISHC’s service area which includes 10 communities in northern Coos County, NH; seven towns in northeastern VT; and two communities in northern Oxford County ME. The need of the community is defined by the lack or scarcity of services or resources available to the area. This includes, but is not limited to: medical services, food, shelter, clothing, education, advocacy, outreach and prevention. Those nominated display a commitment to service and social improvement.
Winners will be recognized at Indian Stream Health Center’s Business After Hours event on Thursday, September 21st.
Ms. Phinney added that individuals may nominate one awardee per category.
“The North Country is truly a unique environment,” added Ms. Phinney. “And among the many things that make this area special are those who are committed to identifying and addressing pressing health needs. These annual awards are one way that we can highlight the accomplishments of the local heroes among us.”