Sykes To Be Honored For Work Promoting Improved Public Health
Akron lawmaker to receive 2016 Public Health Practice Excellence Award

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) has been selected to receive the 2016 Public Health Practice Excellence Award by the Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health Programs. The Akron lawmaker will be recognized by the consortium for her public service efforts to improve health outcomes for Ohio communities at a ceremony in Cleveland on June 12, 2016.  

“From our high infant mortality rate to the growing opioid addiction crisis, Ohio faces serious challenges to our public health. However, through greater education, collaboration and commonsense states policies, I am confident that we can help improve health outcomes for communities across the state,” said Sykes. 

During her first term as state representative, Rep. Sykes has worked with healthcare professionals and colleagues to improve public health, increase access to care, and combat Ohio’s high infant mortality rate.The Akron lawmaker was recently appointed board member to the Ohio Commission on Minority Health, and also serves on the House Health and Aging Committee and the House Healthcare Efficiencies Study Committee. 

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