ALMAS honored with Public Health Award
ALMAS receives 2018 Public Health Achievement Award
Posted on 04/26/2018

The Dakota County Board of Commissioners presented a 2018 Public Health Achievement Award to the Henry Sibley student group Anglos Latinos Motivated to Succeed (ALMAS) on April 10. The awards ceremony was part of a celebration of National Public Health Week.

ALMAS was recognized for its focus on community service, leadership development, cultural heritage and academic achievement. The students in the group take it upon themselves to be advocates and leaders in their community in many ways, including lobbying to protect youth from tobacco products and collecting more than 1,000 shoes for the Neighbors Inc. Clothes Closet. 

Henry Sibley Spanish teacher Robert Hanson formed the group in 2001 to improve Latino student achievement and retention, and offer opportunities to continue post-secondary study. ALMAS is meeting its goals and making great contributions to the community’s health.

Other Public Health Achievement Award recipients this year were Hudayfi Barsug, an education assistant at Gideon Pond Elementary School in Burnsville, and the founders of Huitzil Wellness Center in Inver Grove Heights.

The Dakota County Board established the Public Health Achievement Awards in 2000 to recognize and honor contributions of Dakota County residents who devote their time, energy and talents to creating a healthy future for their fellow county residents.

Photo: ALMAS receives 2018 Dakota County Public Health Achievement Award