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Bicycling advocate wins Public Health Community Award


Julie Grimm, Public Health
Phone: (360) 397-8477

Vancouver, WA —Eric Giacchino’s effective use of community partnerships to promote safe bicycling environments for children and adults has earned him the 2012 Public Health Community Award.

The award will be presented by the Clark County commissioners, acting as the Clark County Board of Health, at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 25 in the sixth-floor hearing room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. The public ceremony will open the Board of Health’s monthly meeting.

In 2011, Giacchino worked with staff and volunteers with the Vancouver and Evergreen school districts to strengthen a bicycle and pedestrian safety program. He obtained a $25,000 Safe Routes to School grant that allowed the program to purchase new bicycles, a bicycle trailer, and training for physical education teachers and volunteers to teach bicycle and pedestrian safety. Last year, 350 Clark County students took the bicycle and pedestrian safety class; 700 are expected this year.

Giacchino has also recruited volunteers to help with bicycle parking for the “Six to Sunset” concert series in downtown Vancouver. He has organized volunteers for the Annual Tandem Bicycle Ride event for students at the Washington School for the Blind. He currently serves as president of Bike Clark County, a non-profit established to improve cycling conditions countywide. Giacchino is helping to promote health for county residents by increasing opportunities for all ages to bike and walk safely.

Honorable Mention

Dr. Kimberly Copeland:
Recognized for her leadership of the Child Abuse Assessment Team, a program of Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center that coordinates care efforts among community partners for children who are abused or neglected.

Chris Luque:
Recognized for educating students about the effects of drugs and alcohol on driving, and for involvement with the Clark County Target Zero Traffic Safety Task Force, working to eliminate fatal collisions by 2030.

Joe Walsh:
Recognized for his leadership of the local Safe Communities Task Force, which addresses youth violence prevention and involves comprehensive, multi-disciplinary efforts.

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