The College of Health and Human Services will honor 13 individuals for their contribution to the community during the annual Community Heroes Awards event at 6:00 p.m. April 4 at the Smitcamp Alumni House on the Fresno State campus.

The award recognizes the impact of individuals who work to meet the needs of children and families throughout Central California. Each honoree was nominated by an academic department, center or institute within the College of Health and Human Services.

The 2014 Community Hero Award winners and their nominating departments are:

  • James Beauchamp – Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies
  • Break the Barriers – Department of Kinesiology
  • James Wong – Department of Nursing and the Central California Center for Excellence in Nursing
  • Creative Therapeutics Physical Therapy – Department of Physical Therapy
  • SAFE Founding Board Members – SAFE Central Valley Coalition
  • Daniel Shydler – Department of Public Health
  • Brent Smither – Department of Recreation Administration
  • Margaret Jackson – Department of Social Work Education and Central California Social Welfare Evaluation, Research and Training Center
  • Robert Riddick – Central California Children’s Institute
  • Walter Ramirez – Central Valley Health Policy Institute

“We all benefit from those who dedicate their professional lives to service and giving,” said Jody Hironaka-Juteau, dean of the College of Health and Human Services. “We are honored to recognize this extraordinary group of women and men.”

The College of Health and Human Services attracts more than 3,600 students each year to its undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs. More than 100 faculty members, working with the college’s centers and institutes, address such vital regional health challenges as social services, children, obesity and health policy.

For more information, contact Beth Wilkinson, director coordinator for the College of Health and Human Services at 559.278.3603 or

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