For Immediate Release
April 3, 2019
Kate Flavin


National Public Health Week Celebrated: Steve Coen receives Lifetime Commitment to Public Health Award

For more than 20 years, communities around the country have celebrated National Public Health Week (NPHW), an initiative of the American Public Health Association, each April to celebrate public health and highlight key issues. This year, NPHW will be celebrated April 1 through 7 with the theme, “Creating the Healthiest Nation: For science. For action. For health.” 

Locally, the Sedgwick County Health Department (SCHD) recognizes an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment and contributions to public health through the Dr. Doren Fredrickson Lifetime Dedication to Public Health Award. Dr. Fredrickson served as the County’s health officer from 2002 until his death in 2008. He was a dedicated, caring and enthusiastic health advocate who devoted his entire career to improving public health.  

The 2019 recipient of the Dr. Doren Fredrickson Lifetime Commitment to Public Health Award is Steve Coen. He received the award at the Board of Sedgwick County Commissioner’s Meeting on April 3. Coen is the President and CEO of the Kansas Health Foundation. His full bio is attached. 

“We are very excited to honor Mr. Coen with the Doren Fredrickson Award. He, too, is an individual who has dedicated his entire career to improving the health of the community in not just Sedgwick County, but the entire State of Kansas,” said Adrienne Byrne, Director of the Sedgwick County Health Department. 

Steve Coen