Carlinville Area Hospital receives 2020 Community Partner Award

(L to R): Lisa Peterson and Kate Harding presenting Melissa Fernandez and Tracy Koster the 2020 Community Partner Award.

CARLINVILLE, Ill. – Carlinville Area Hospital was nominated by Macoupin County Extension as a 2020 Community Partner. They were selected for their exemplary service to University of Illinois Extension & 4-H. Carlinville Area Hospital has partnered with Extension in numerous programs. They are an active partner with Macoupin County 4-H, particularly in 4-H’s health jam program. Lisa Peterson, nutrition & wellness educator, has also partnered with the hospital by holding classes to teach healthy eating and living to local adults and youth. “Carlinville Area Hospital goes above and beyond to educate our local communities through a wide range of health programs. They are always willing to team up with Extension and provide health and wellness education to youth and adults. The education they provide greatly impacts so many people each year, which leads to healthier and happier lives,” said Kate Harding, 4-H youth development program coordinator.

This award is sponsored by Extension Council of University of Illinois Extension serving Christian, Jersey, Macoupin, & Montgomery Counties. The council plans to recognize a community partner each year throughout our four counties. Extension Council is a volunteer board, which serve in an advisory role cooperating with Extension staff in planning, promoting, developing, implementing, evaluating, and financing an Extension program designed to meet the needs, interests, and resources of the local communities served.

“Community partners play a vital role in the outreach efforts of Extension. They help with financial support, host sites for programs, and promote our programs to the public and those they serve,” said Amanda Cole, Extension county director. University of Illinois Extension serving Christian, Jersey, Macoupin, & Montgomery Counties is extremely proud to be able to provide this award to Carlinville Area Hospital and to thank them for their service to Extension and 4-H.

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