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Marchand receives state public health award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Friday, March 02, 2012
CONTACT:  Colleen Winter, (605) 773-3737 


Marchand receives state public health award


PIERRE, S.D. – Linda Marchand, Rapid City, recently received the Outstanding Contribution to Public Health Award from the South Dakota Department of Health in the agency’s annual Secretary Awards Program. The award is presented to a department employee who has made significant contributions to the state’s public health over the course of a career.


A 32-year employee of the department, Marchand currently serves as the Regional Manager for the Rapid City area of the department’s Office of Family and Community Health Services. She was instrumental in establishing the WIC Program office (Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children) in Pine Ridge, which has affected the lives of hundreds of families.  She has also played leadership roles in department programs ranging from breastfeeding peer counseling to the Bright Start nurse home visiting program. She is also an Advisory Committee member for the SDSU and USD Student Nursing Program.


Marchand was nominated for the award by her staff.