IAK Leader Bev Thurber awarded the 2017 Joseph Jabaily Public Health Hero Award

Beverly Thurber, a long-time member of our It’s About Kids (IAK) network and a dedicated child advocate, was honored last week with the 2017 Joseph Jabaily Public Health Hero Award. Bev is Executive Director of the Early Childhood Council of Larimer County.

Under Bev’s leadership, the Early Childhood Council has been involved in several projects including the “Be Ready,” “KIDS” (Kids’ Initiative for Developmental Support), and “Leap” initiatives. Bev has been the catalyst and convener for multiple county-wide collaborative initiatives focused on protecting and improving the health of children from the prenatal period through early childhood. Under her inclusive leadership, the community has significantly strengthened the collaboration and partnership of agencies and projects focused on young children.

This award is given yearly in honor and remembrance of Dr. Jabaily, a Loveland neurologist who died tragically in a charity bicycle race in the summer of 2004. The award commemorates his many contributions to improving community health and his commitment to public service.

Our IAK Manager, Katie Creedon, said: “Bev is dedicated to improving the well-being of kids and families in her community. Her expertise has strengthened our network and provided important perspective around early childhood. We are grateful to work with her!”

Congratulations Bev!

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