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Posted on: November 30, 2017

Linn County Public Health Employee Julie Stephens Receives Iowa Public Health Heroes Award

Julie Stephens 2017 Iowa Public Health Hero

Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Julie Stephens, Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery Specialist at Linn County Public Health, was honored on November 29th by the University of Iowa College of Public Health in a ceremony recognizing her achievement as a recipient of the 2017 Iowa Public Health Hero award.

Awardees are public health practitioners working in Iowa, selected by the University of Iowa College of Public Health based on their demonstrated commitment to the values of public health, significant contributions to improving and protecting the health of Iowans, and contributing to a broader understanding of public health.

Julie was nominated for her exceptional character, leadership, expertise, and commitment to public health and personifies “collaborative spirit”. Julie has been employed with Linn County for 25 years, and has been in her current role since 2009. Julie provided leadership during the 2008 and 2016 floods and during the H1N1 pandemic in 2009. She is a leader at local, regional, state, and national levels in the field of public health preparedness. Recently, Julie has taken on fiscal agent duties for the newly formed Service Area 6A Healthcare Preparedness Coalition, a six county coalition focusing on public health, hospital, and emergency medical service preparedness.

Julie is one of three individuals recognized in 2017 as an Iowa Public Health Hero. The other recipients are Linda Kalin of Sioux City, executive director of the Iowa Poison Control Center, and Denise Wheeler of Des Moines, family planning coordinator and Title X director at the Iowa Department of Public Health.

For more information about the award, visit: and Photo credit: John Choate, University of Iowa College of Public Health



Linn County Public Health, a department within Linn County government, serves nearly 220,000 residents of Linn County to prevent disease and injury, promote healthy living, protect the environment, and ensure public health preparedness. More information about Linn County Public Health is available online at or by calling 319-892-6000. Follow Linn County Public Health on Facebook at and on Twitter @LCPublicHealth.

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