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NET Health Announces Our 2021 W.T. "Doc" Ballard Award Recipients
Monday, July 12, 2021 at 11:38am

The East Texas Chapter of TEHA has participated in the nomination of the Annual Doc Ballard Award offered through the Northeast Texas Public Health District (NET Health).  This is the 22nd  annual award will honor an individual or organization exemplifying the concept of public health distinguished by dedication to the goal of protecting and promoting the health of the community thru their service in the area of civic, cultural, health, welfare, religious or philanthropic endeavors.

NET Health established the W.T. “Doc” Ballard Award for Excellence in Public Health as a lasting recognition of Mr. Ballard’s contribution to Public Health.  W. T. “Doc” Ballard began his career in 1946 and as a registered professional engineer for the Texas Department of Health he was a leader in protecting the health of the public.  His expertise and administrative skills ensured the environmental controls crucial to the quality and safety of public drinking water and public food service; the proper disposal of wastewater and solid waste; and the monitoring of radiation.  As a charter member of the NET Health Board of Directors, “Doc” served as a key figure in the formation and establishment of the Health District.  He continued his service as Chairman of the Board and was a mentor to many.  Throughout his career he was an active member of many professional organizations dedicated to improving the quality of Public Health.  Both professionally and personally, “Doc” worked hard to help both the citizens of Northeast Texas and the entire state of Texas.

This year two awards were issued to recognize those who worked so hard during 2020 & 2021 pandemic season.  East Texas TEHA is proud to support the nomination and award  process of this excellent public health award. Recipients of this award this year are:

 

Thursday, June 24, 2021 – Tyler, Texas 

 
The Northeast Texas Public Health District (NET Health) is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2021 W. T. “Doc” Ballard Award for Excellence in Public Health, our highest accolade for outstanding service contributing significantly to the enhancement of public health. “Doc” Ballard, a registered professional engineer for the Texas Department of Health and mentor to NET Health, was a leader in protecting the health of the public.  His expertise and administrative skills ensured the environmental controls crucial to the quality and safety of public drinking water and public food service, proper disposal of waste, and the monitoring of radiation.  
 
Judges for the selection of the annual “Doc” Ballard Award include two members from NET Health’s Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer of NET Health, the Environmental Health Director of NET Health, one representative from the Texas Department of State Health Services Region 4/5 North and one representative from the Smith County AgriLife Extension Office. 
 
NET Health recognizes Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran, Tyler Mayor Don Warren, former Tyler Mayor Martin Heines, and Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy at the University of Texas at Tyler as co-recipients of the 2021 “Doc” Ballard Award for Excellence in Public Health. 
 
On March 13th, 2020, our world changed.  NET Health, the City of Tyler, and Smith County established a Joint Emergency Operations Center (EOC) led by Smith County Judge Nathanial Moran and then Tyler Mayor Martin Heines.  The EOC established a centralized command and control facility that coordinated Smith County’s emergency response at a strategic level during the pandemic. More than 80 people representing numerous stakeholders called-in daily, telecommuted, or drove to Tyler Fire Station 1 with the goal of limiting the spread of the Coronavirus.  
 
Three days after the national pandemic emergency was declared, the Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy (FCOP) worked with NET Health to develop our region’s first COVID-19 call center that became an advanced pharmacy practice experience and has continuously adapted its efforts according to the changing community needs, dedicating over 4000 hours to COVID-19 relief efforts by leveraging its relationship with community stakeholders, and demonstrating a significant impact on our East Texas community’s public health and wellness.