MERCER COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – A local county commissioner is recognized for his work as a public health advocate.
Greg Puckett has dedicated much of his career to pushing southern West Virginia to be a healthier community. Last month, the National Rural Health Association awarded him with the Louis Gorin Award for Outstanding Achievement in Rural Health.
Puckett hopes the achievement inspires others to take care of the community.
“I think that it’s indicative of the hard work that is still yet to come and not what has passed,” said Puckett. “It’s an amazing opportunity to share my voice on a national scale, but [we also] have so much work to do and so many things that we can fix. If this helps take it to another level to where we can work with more partners, then that’s great.”
A ceremony scheduled to happen in San Diego later this month was canceled, but the organization will present the award during a virtual ceremony next month.
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