Schefers received the award for "persistence in communicating the importance of public health, and commitment to community partnerships and collaboration with clinics, hospitals, schools, law enforcement, faith communities, and nonprofit organizations," according to an MDE statement.
The awards were presented by the Minnesota Department of Public Health during the annual Community Health Conference in Brainerd Sept. 25.
Recipients of the award are nominated by their peers, award winners chosen by the State Community Health Services Advisory Committee.
"Public health is a crucial but sometimes underappreciated field of work," Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Edward Ehlinger said at the conference. "We know healthy people and healthy communities are a cornerstone of our state's quality of life, and we thank you for your hard work to protect, maintain and improve the health of all Minnesotans."
The Community Health Awards are presented each year to public health professionals throughout Minnesota for contributions to public health.