IMPERIAL COUNTY — On Tuesday, November 22, 2016, Robin Hodgkin, Director of the Imperial County Public Health Department, was recognized during the Board of Supervisors meeting for receiving the 2016 Hospital Association of San Diego & Imperial Counties (HASD&IC) Leadership Award. HASD&IC is a non-profit organization that works to advance the organization, management, and effective delivery of affordable, medically necessary, quality health care services for the San Diego and Imperial County communities. The HASD&IC Leadership Award recognizes individuals whose leadership, commitment to teamwork, collaboration, and shared partnerships have made an outstanding contribution and service to community health.
HASD&IC’s President and CEO – with input from HASD&IC membership – makes the determination of each year’s award recipient(s). Larry Lewis, CEO of Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District, nominated Mrs. Hodgkin for this award in recognition of her leadership in numerous collaborative efforts to improve health for residents of Imperial County. Mrs. Hodgkin received the award from HASD&IC this month at their Annual Meeting. According to Dimitrios Alexious, President/CEO of HASD&IC, “Robin has shown over her career a real interest in collaborating with community stakeholders, including our hospitals, to improve the health of our region. Her leadership on behalf of Imperial County in the establishment of the Local Health Authority Commission, the Health Needs Assessment, and as an awardee of a California Accountable Communities for Health Initiative (CACHI) grant to address health issues related to asthma are all notable examples.”
Mrs. Hodgkin began her career with the Public Health Department over 23 years ago and has served as the department director since June of 2004. Her leadership has been pivotal to many departmental restructuring and developmental milestone to include establishment of the county’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Agency, development of the Community Health Division, establishment of an epidemiology program which provided oversight to the H1N1 pandemic, and building the capacity for community assessment and planning and evaluation through well-established data collection and analyses processes.
Mr. Lewis feels that Mrs. Hodgkin’s persistent and innovative efforts to improve public health practice and bring the community together around health are driven by a foresight and dedication to changes in the way we understand and address wellness. “Her leadership and the collective work of our community, which also deserve considerable recognition and gratitude, have the potential to significantly impact the health and wellness of our residents—not only today, but for decades into the future,” says Lewis.
For more information about the award or any of the collaborative groups listed, please contact Christina Olson, Health Program Coordinator (442) 265- 1444.