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    Healthy Communities Awards and Scholarships

    Cities and towns planning to make a difference for health.

    2021 Healthy Communities awards.

    The Healthy Communities Awards recognize local jurisdictions that make a special effort to influence the health of their communities. We present the awards each year at the General Assembly of the Pierce County Regional Council. 

    The 2021 awards honored local jurisdictions and agencies that promote social, economic and environmental benefits for their communities by implementing either:

    • Policies or actions they adopted from updates to their comprehensive plans.
    • Projects to innovatively respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Comprehensive plan implementation award-winning projects

    • City of Fife Emish Market.
    • City of Lakewood Comprehensive Plan Energy and Climate Change Chapter.
    • Pierce County Sustainability Plan.
    • Pierce County Infrastructure Enhancement of Community Plans.

    Innovative pandemic response award-winning projects

    • Pierce Transit Essential Rides for Essential Workers.
    • Port of Tacoma and the NW Seaport Alliance’s Seafarer’s Access to COVID-19 Vaccine.
    • City of Puyallup Clarks Creek North Park Outdoor Fitness.

    Learning opportunities for planners.

    We offer scholarships for planners to attend the annual meetings of the American Public Health Association. This is a great way to learn about planning and public health. Requirements for the scholarships may change from year to year. The number of scholarships awarded may also change, depending on program budget.

    Upon return, awardees present what they learned to:

    • Their own jurisdictions.
    • Board of Health.
    • Growth Management Coordinating Committee.
    • Pierce County Regional Council.

    2021 scholarship awardees

    • Elliott Barnett, City of Tacoma (APHA Meeting and FBCI course)
    • Larry Harala, City of Tacoma (APHA Meeting and FBCI course)
    • Carl de Simas, City of Gig Harbor (APHA Meeting and FBCI course)
    • Barb Kincaid, City of Dupont (APHA Meeting and FBCI course)
    • Tiffany Odell, Pierce County Parks and Recreation Department (APHA Meeting)
    • Chris Beale, City of Puyallup (FBCI course)
    • Taylor Jones, City of Fife (FBCI course)


    Contact Erin Dilworth at or (253) 722-4287.