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Julie Pryde was recognized by the National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter

For her work involving COVID over the course of the past year, C-U Public Health Administrator Julie Pryde was named 2021 Public Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter. From the press release:

In the past year, her work for Champaign County guided it through the pandemic through organization of a highly effective contact tracing program. Despite facing public criticism from many quarters, Ms. Pryde persisted in ensuring organized access to vaccines and kept in regular communication with the public in order to push back against misinformation. Her work resulted in world class modeling, contact tracing, and testing opportunities and as a result, Champaign County was one of the safest places in the state.

You can see other state awardees here.

Pryde will also be serving as Grand Marshal of the upcoming Pride Parade.

Top photo from Champaign Center Partnership Facebook page.

Staff writer

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