Sen. Renee Unterman Receives 2016 GPHA Legislator of the Year Award

GPHA Award PicATLANTA (April 17, 2017) | On April 12, 2017, Sen. Renee Unterman (R– Buford) received the 2016 Legislator of the Year Award from the Georgia Public Health Association (GPHA). She received the award in front of more than 500 GPHA members at the association’s annual spring meeting in Atlanta.

“It is an honor to be recognized by such a distinguished group,” said Sen. Unterman. “I will continue to work hard with my colleagues to promote legislation that will positively affect public health. The wellbeing of our citizens and their access to the right care at the right time remains a top priority.”


“Sen. Unterman is an aggressive and effective legislative leader in the field of public health,” said GPHA President Selina Smith. “She seems always to be one or two steps ahead of the latest trend, effectively shepherding legislation and directing budget priorities to improve health outcomes for Georgia’s entire population.”


Sen. Unterman received the award for her efforts to increase pay for public health nurses and for her initiatives to create a new distribution formula to address funding for counties that would have otherwise lost financial support from the state.


A long-time supporter of public health initiatives, Sen. Unterman has been previously recognized as GPHA’s Legislator of the Year and also as the National State Legislator of the Year by the National Association of Local Boards of Health.


GPHA is the largest organization of public health professionals in the Southeast, with a vision of “healthy Georgians, living in healthy communities.”


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For Immediate Release:
April 17, 2017

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Ines Owens, Acting Director
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