COLUMBUS, Ohio – State Rep. Michael Stinziano (D-Columbus) has received the Excellence in Public Policy Award from the Ohio Public Health Association for his work on important public health policy.
“I am honored and humbled to be recognized with this award,” said Rep. Stinziano. “During my first year in the General Assembly I have worked hard to reach across the aisle to address serious public health issues facing our community and our state.”
“I am committed and will continue to work across partisan lines to make Ohio the best and healthiest place to live, work, and raise a family in the country,” said Stinziano, who received the award at an Ohio Public Health Association event on Tuesday.
Rep. Stinziano was nominated for the award by the Ohio Brain Injury Association which has worked closely with Stinziano who is sponsoring HB 143 jointly with Rep. Sean O’Brien (D – Brookfield). The bill aims to protect young athletes from the harmful effects of concussions by establishing education guidelines and a procedure to remove a young athlete from competition if they show signs or symptoms of a traumatic brain injury.
“We are all thankful for Rep. Stinziano and for his recognition of the issue of injury prevention as an important public health and public policy issue,” said Lois Hall, executive director of the Ohio Public Health Association. “The legislation Representative Stinziano has introduced, such as the livable homes tax credit and legislation to prevent youth concussions are great examples of quality public health policy in action.”
Stinziano also sponsored HB 332, with state Rep. Cheryl Grossman (R– Grove City), which would create a livable homes tax credit. The measure would allow disabled and older Ohioans to remain in their home by giving them a tax credit for home modifications.
The Ohio Public Health Association promotes and protects personal, community, and environmental health in Ohio by stimulating public action, educating and mobilizing health professionals, promoting research and teaching in areas of public health, and has established itself as an authoritative resource on health promotion, disease prevention and environmental protection.