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Board of Health Presents Annual Public Health Partnership Awards

Published: 5/8/2019

For More Information Contact:

A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH; (845) 486-3432

Poughkeepsie…The Dutchess County Board of Health recently presented its annual Public Health Partnership Award to community members Rachel Dildilian, RN; and Jon Cassidy, CASAC-T, CRPA; at the April 8th meeting of the Dutchess County Legislature.

“In 2018, Dutchess County dedicated more resources than ever to address the public health epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose,” said Lobsang T. Lhungay, MD, Board of Health President. “As Dutchess County’s first recovery coach, Mr. Cassidy has demonstrated how peer recovery coaching is an indispensable tool in the fight to save lives. His personal, heartfelt approach has enabled him to connect with people no matter where they are in their recovery journey to offer both encouragement and connection to the services they need.”

Since joining the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health in 2018, Mr. Cassidy has worked tirelessly to connect hundreds of individuals who are struggling with substance use disorder to the multiple pathways of recovery available to Dutchess County residents. He has also demonstrated a passion for his work by developing innovative new recovery-oriented services for specific groups, such as people who are incarcerated or recently released from jail, to increase their chances of success in their recovery.  Mr. Cassidy is a founding member of Friends of Recovery in both Dutchess and Putnam Counties, as well as a group facilitator for Friends of Recovery-Putnam.

“Offering education and support for those affected by tickborne disease has been a labor of love for Ms. Dildilian,” Dr. Lhungay said. “With decades of experience in both nursing and public health, she has spent countless hours volunteering throughout the community, speaking and writing about tickborne disease prevention, and advising policymakers on the subject of Lyme Disease and other tickborne diseases.”

A longtime County resident, Ms. Dildilian serves on the Dutchess County Legislative Task Force on Lyme Disease; the Dutchess County Tickborne Disease Prevention Workgroup; Stop Ticks on People (STOP); NYS Senator Sue Serino’s Lyme Advisory Board; and is a founding member of the Hudson Valley Lyme Disease Association. She is a widely recognized subject matter expert in the field of tickborne disease prevention.

The Public Health Partnership Award provides recognition and appreciation for contributions to the health of the community, reflecting the spirit of creating healthy communities, and increasing public awareness of the role and contribution of County partners who demonstrate leadership, innovation, and community involvement.

For more information about the Public Health Partnership Award, contact the Department of Behavioral & Community Health at (845) 486-3432.