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Individuals and organizations honored for promoting policies or activities, given during National Public Health Week

PROVO UTAH (April 8, 2014) - - As part National Public Health Week, the Utah County Health Department (UCHD) and Board of Health traditionally honors one individual and one organization for their efforts and dedication to the health and welfare of the citizens of Utah County. This year, they are honoring Bill Hulterstrom and Kmart Pharmacy of Provo.

Hulterstrom has served the Utah County community as the Executive Director of United Way of Utah County for the past 30 years. Fifteen years ago his private nonprofit agency, United Way of Utah County, received our 1999 Friend of Public Health Award.

"Now, 15 years later, we show our deep gratitude to Bill for his outstanding individual leadership he has given not only to United Way and the many community programs they support," said Dr. Joseph Miner, UCHD executive director. "We also recognize him for the outstanding leadership he has provided personally to so many private nonprofit community agencies." Among these agency boards are included Mountainlands Head Start, Community Action and Food Bank, Healthy Utah Valley, Mountainlands Community Health Center, the Volunteer Care Clinic, Community Health Connect, the Chamber of Commerce, Intermountain Healthcare Urban South Region and Community Outreach.

The knowledge, experience and enthusiasm he has brought to these and other agencies has been invaluable in making them much more successful and dynamic. The contributions Hulterstrom has made to the success of so many agencies and individuals throughout Utah County have truly made our communities among the best in which to live anywhere in our nation.

"For over twenty years the K-Mart Pharmacy in Provo, Utah, has generously dispensed prescription medication to low-income clients from our Utah County Health Department clinic," said Dr. Miner. "For these many years the K-Mart pharmacists and pharmacy staff have always been respectful and given great customer service to Utah County clients who receive a Health Department voucher to have a prescription for medication filled at the pharmacy."

Our Provo K-Mart has provided this service for only a nominal dispensing fee covered by the voucher. The pharmacy staff maintains and monitors the medication inventory and promptly alerts us when the inventory is nearing expiration dates or new inventory is needed.

We express great appreciation to the Provo K-Mart pharmacy staff, their supervising pharmacist, Ed Matterfis, their other pharmacists over the past 20 years and their manager Kelly Turpin for their kind and generous service to Health Department clients.

"I have often a large part of public health in our communities is done by individuals and agencies who are not part of the public health department," said Dr. Miner. "These are our local partners who are dedicated to improving the health of our communities. Bob and Kmart represent some of the best among these partners. This is why we honor them as our 'Friends of Public Health.'"

Since 1995, when the first full week of April was declared National Public Health Week (NPHW), communities across the United States have observed NPHW as a time to highlight issues that are important to improving the public's health.

Ed Matterfis from Kmart Pharmacy was presented a plaque at the weekly Utah County Commissioners Meeting this morning. Bill Hulterstrom will be honored at the April 29th Utah County Commissioner's Meeting.

2014 Friends of Public Health

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High Res: Ed Matterfis of Kmart Pharmacy and Dr. Joseph Miner