With a public health career spanning more than three decades, Scott Uhlich was named the recipient of the Spirit of Public Health Award. Uhlich, who retired earlier this year from his role as the director of the Office of Environmental Health, received the award at a statewide public health conference last week.
"Scott is the true embodiment of what it means to succeed in public health," said Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) Commissioner Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D. "Scott's work and influence have helped us in our mission so much over the years."
Uhlich is the second recipient of the Spirit of Public Health Award, which recognizes service and dedication to public health in Georgia.
"I certainly didn't expect this," Uhlich told the crowd at the 'Good to Great' Mega Meeting at Emory University's School of Public Health. "A lot of people share this award. That's because I worked alongside some amazing people over the years," he said.
In January, Uhlich was tapped to lead DPH's plans and work involving accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board, or PHAB.
In February 2013, Margaret Bean received the first Spirit of Public Health Award after 44 years of service as the program manager for Northwest Health District 1-1 in Rome.