2015 News Releases

Department of Behavioral & Community Health

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April 16, 2015        Print version

Brian Riddell Receives the 2015 Public Health Partnership Award

As the series of week-long Public Health Week activities conclude, the Dutchess County Board of Health along with County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro, Commissioner of Health Dr. Kari Reiber, and Rob Rolison, Chairman of the Dutchess County Legislature applauded Brian Riddell, Executive Director of Dutchess Outreach as he was presented with the 2015 Public Health Partnership Award during the April 13th Legislative Board meeting.

“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 we present this Public Health Partnership award.”

The Public Health Partnership Award recognizes individuals for their contributions toward improving and creating healthy communities and raises public awareness of community 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 movement and its social impact at the time, Riddell recognized the burdens of inequality upon the physical and emotional health of an individual.  He has dedicated his life work towards improving the quality of life for the 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 recognizes 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 and HealthQuest to launch a mobile vegetable market in June 2015 called the Poughkeepsie Plenty Fresh Market which will serve high-risk, low-income residential areas. 






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