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April 9, 2015        Print version


Board of Health To Present 2015 Public Health Partnership Award

Poughkeepsie ... The Dutchess County Board of Health will be presenting its annual Public Health Partnership Award on April 13th at 7:00 pm in the Legislative Chambers, 22 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, New York to Brian Riddell, Executive Director of Dutchess Outreach.

“Brian Riddell is a wonderful example of how one person can make a difference in this world. He has faithfully served Dutchess County for the past twenty-six years, providing nourishment for many families and their children,” said Board of Health President Lobsang T. Lhungay, MD.  “Brian has demonstrated dedication and strong leadership in our community helping low-income and high-risk families with good nutritional meals. His continuous commitment to provide for others less fortunate is recognized and appreciated. It is with great pleasure that I present this Public Health Partnership award.”

The Public Health Partnership Award is designed to provide recognition and appreciation during Public Health Week for contributions to the health of the community, reflecting the spirit of creating healthy communities, and to increase public awareness of the role and contribution of partners who demonstrate leadership, innovation, and community involvement.

Brian Riddell began his career at Dutchess Outreach in 1989, later becoming the executive director in 1995.  Motivated and inspired by his life’s journey through the civil rights and the social impact of the time, Riddell saw the problems of inequality and the impact it had on the physical and emotional health of an individual.  He has steadily and methodically worked to improve the quality of life for many individuals who utilize the programs and services provided through Dutchess Outreach. 

“It’s slow, but things do change,” said Riddell. “Just being able to help one person gets me through the day.”

Riddell was nominated for the Public Health Partnership Award for his work in Dutchess County as a mainstay and support for residents in the area of food insecurity and has taken Dutchess Outreach from a small, grassroots organization operating out of a local church basement to a large, county-wide agency. 

Under his leadership The Lunch Box provides free meals six days a week, the evening meal program offers free meals four nights a week, an emergency food program provides groceries to those in need, prepares and delivers meals to homebound individuals affected by HIV/AIDS, and feeds children in the Family Partnership Center’s after-school program resulting in 220,000 meals served in 2014.

Riddell collaborates, educates and believes in the importance of nutrition and its impact on the social and educational development of children.  A strong collaborator with the Poughkeepsie City School District (PCSD) summer feeding program, he has provided space for meals to be served for the past seven summers and is currently working with a new PCSD initiative to provide fresh fruits and vegetables for the backpack program.

He is currently working with the Poughkeepsie Plenty Food Coalition to launch a mobile vegetable market in June 2015 called the Poughkeepsie Plenty Fresh Market which will have stops at high-risk, low-income residential areas. 

For more information about Public Health Week, visit www.dutchessny.gov/health

 

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A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH,Commissioner of Behavioral & Community Health A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH
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