(RAPID CITY, SD) – The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board (GPTCHB) and Tori Whipple, the GPTCHB Northern Plains Comprehensive Cancer Control (NPCCC) Program Manager, were nominated for the impact and champion awards through the South Dakota Comprehensive Cancer Control Program for furthering the efforts of the South Dakota Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan.
The GPTCHB was nominated for the impact award which recognizes an organization that has successfully demonstrated measurable impact on projects and/or interventions consistent with priorities of the South Dakota Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan. The nomination states that “…[The GPTCHB] has supported tribal communities across South Dakota in advancing cancer awareness and education support. Their partnerships with the tribes have increased outreach and cancer screening.”
Whipple was nominated for the champion award. The award recognizes a coalition member that goes above and beyond the call of duty to advance project interventions consistent with the priorities of the South Dakota Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan. The nomination states that “Tori is a true advocate of her community and draws attention to cancer issues by keeping partners informed. She effectively communicates the role of cancer prevention and systems changes within communities that will improve health outcomes.”
“We are honored that the organization and one of our team members were nominated for awards,” said Jerilyn Church, GPTCHB CEO. “Tori works tirelessly to make an impact in the communities we serve and she’s extremely deserving of the nomination. Furthermore, I’m proud of the progress and change that our community health department has made within our communities to further the mission and vision of the health board.”
Awards will be announced at the South Dakota Comprehensive Cancer Control Steering Committee Meeting on September 20, 2016 in Mitchell, SD at the Highland Convention Center.
Founded in 1986, the GPTCHB conducts health research, disease prevention, community outreach, recovery support, and technical assistance alongside the 17 tribes and one Indian Service Area in South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa. The non-profit organization also serves as an advocate to federal agencies, state and local partners, and academic institutions on behalf of its member tribes.