Sagadahoc County public health guru given prestigious state award

Posted Nov. 01, 2012, at 11:46 a.m.
Hugh Tilson
Hugh Tilson

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Sagadahoc County’s health officer has been given a prestigious award by the Maine Public Health Association for more than 45 years working in the public health realm.

Dr. Hugh H. Tilson has spent 15 years each in government, academia and the pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Anne Keith, past president of the MPHA, praised Tilson’s long career in her remarks, according to a press release.

Among his volunteer activities, Tilson has served as a senior fellow for the Maine Center for Public Health, on the adjunct faculties and advisory boards for public health programs at University of New England and the Muskie School at the University of Southern Maine, on the “Turning Point” project to restructure Maine’s local public health delivery system, and as a member of former Gov. John Baldacci’s Task Force on Homeland Security.

Steve Trockman, chairman of the Sagadahoc County Board of Health, said one of Tilson’s major accomplishments was establishing the board.

“At the heart of this recognition is Hugh’s vision and dedication to the creation of the Sagadahoc County public health programs and its board of health, the only one of its kind in Maine,” said Trockman.

The Sagadahoc County Board of Health, which reports to the county commissioners, is charged with helping to create and assure conditions in which people can be healthy.

Tilson credited numerous organizations and individuals for helping usher public health goals along, particularly MPHA past President Marla Davis, RN, who was the first chairwoman of the Sagadahoc County Board of Health.

“Of course, Maine is full of such leaders,” said Tilson, according to a press release.

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