We are thrilled to announce that five incredible individuals and organizations have been chosen to receive Building Healthy Futures Awards from Healthy Child Care Colorado. The Building Healthy Futures Awards recognize outstanding partners working to build safe, supportive, and healthy early childhood settings and systems in Colorado. These partners contribute greatly to health and well-being as we strive toward our shared vision in the Early Childhood Colorado Framework that all children are valued, healthy, and thriving.
Amy Gammel, REHS, CP-FS
Amy is an engaged and trusted resource on health and sanitation practices in her role at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. She actively supports the child care health consultation role and child care programs with COVID-19 response, applying state guidance and mandates for this unique role and setting. Amy shares her expertise through daily communication, huddle presentations, and leading the development of critical guidance.
Christine Perreault, RN
Chris is a co-founder of Healthy Child Care Colorado and has been a dedicated thought partner over the past two decades. We are grateful for her steadfast support and facilitation of such a strong and productive partnership with Children’s Hospital Colorado. She has consistently worked to ensure children with special health needs are included in child care settings, and Child Care Health Consultants are supported in their unique and critical role. Her approach to work embodies collaboration and always has children’s health at the forefront.
Jamie has been a strong partner working on the local level in Clear Creek, Gilpin, and Jefferson counties with Triad Early Childhood Council. She has served as a Healthy Smiles Champion and a Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Advisor to encourage healthy habits and routines as well as continuous quality improvement in health-related topics. Her collaboration with us has been incredibly impactful and has led to improved practices and policies in child care programs.
Mile High United Way
Mile High United Way has provided exemplary leadership in coordinating the cross-sector partnership that came together to create the “Keep the Lights on” Fund in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This partnership has resulted in more than $1M in fundraising efforts and critical coordination to support the bulk purchase and distribution of cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment as well as financial sustainability grants to 76 licensed child care programs in 43 counties in Colorado.
Sarah Scully, BS, RD
Sarah has been a long-time partner of Healthy Child Care Colorado and a strong leader at Boulder County Public Health. She is a tremendous advocate for children’s health and leads a team that has pioneered many innovative efforts on the local level for breastfeeding, physical activity, farm-to-ECE, and much more. With Sarah’s leadership, many of these local efforts have been used as a model for establishing or expanding into other counties and across the state.