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‘Champion’ Award Recipient Announced


(From left) CAP Council Coordinator, Holly Naylor, Champion for Children Award Winner, Elaine Brown, and Great Start Collaborative Coordinator, Robin Schutz.


Brown has long history of service

DECEMBER 2016 – Local children’s advocate, Elaine Brown, has been named the recipient of the 2016 Champion for Children Award.

The Champion for Children Award is a joint effort between LACASA’s Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Council and the Great Start Collaborative of Livingston County to recognize outstanding individuals who devote significant time and energy to helping children in Livingston County.

Brown is the Deputy Health Officer and Personal/Preventive Health Services Director at the Livingston County Health Department, and for more than 30 years she has been a consistent champion for children, both personally and professionally. She was presented with the award at a recent meeting of the Great Start Collaborative.

cap-champ-570-x-380-colourbox19212365“The nominations this year were all compelling,” said Holly Naylor, LACASA’s CAP Council coordinator, “but Elaine stood out because of her long history of leadership, service, and dedication to the health and protection of all children in Livingston County.”

During her career with the Health Department, Brown has been a proponent of immunizations, hearing and vision screenings, and access to health insurance and dental care. She has supported new parents and families by being a strong advocate for breastfeeding support, infant safety education, the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program, and the Nurses Welcome Newborns program.

Chelsea Moxlow, health promotion coordinator and accreditation coordinator at the Livingston County Health Department, said, “Elaine’s passion and drive to protect children has positively impacted prevention and outreach programs, directly affecting Livingston County families.”

Moxlow said that Brown was instrumental in bringing regular certified car seat checks to the department in order to prevent child injury or deaths due to car accidents. Brown also is credited with promoting infant safety by securing Pack ’n Plays® to distribute to clients in need of a safe sleep environment for their babies.

According to Robin Schutz, Great Start Livingston coordinator, Brown also takes her passion for children’s health well beyond the doors of the Health Department.

“Elaine has served on the CAP Council, is a member of Safe Kids Huron Valley, and of the Great Start Collaborative. She also is a long-time member of the Child Death Review Team, where she spent 20 years as team lead,” said Schutz. “Elaine collaborates with so many people, programs, and organizations. It is an honor to recognize the contributions she makes to ensure the safety of children from Livingston County.”









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