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Tuesday, December 22, 2020


The W. Scott Johnson Award is the most prestigious award presented by MPHA to an individual for distinguished service in the field of public health in Missouri. 

The award is given in commemoration of the skills, integrity, devotion to duty and constructive leadership which characterized the life of W. Scott Johnson.

The 2020 winner of this award is Gary French. Gary has worked for the Henry County Health Center for 13 years, he has filled many roles including Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Community Educator, Teen Outreach Program Coordinator, MCH as well as HCHC Epidemiologist.

When COVID hit, he took the lead for contact tracing while continuing with his contracts and community education. Gary’s nomination for this awards was endorsed by many community partners in the Henry County area