This week Governor Pritzker named seven people to the Illinois State Board of Health, and our own Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Administrator Julie Pryde is one of them. She's done immense amount of good for the community and the state in her role there, and this is a pretty awesome recognition of that. Here is here bio from the press release:

Pryde is the Administrator of Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD), a nationally-accredited health department, which was named 2019 Local Health Department of the Year by the National Association of County and City Health Officials. She is published in professional journals including Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, Journal of Infectious Disease, The Journal of Adolescence, Proceedings of the International Meeting on Emerging Diseases and Surveillance 2011, Life: the Excitement of Biology, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services and Child and Adolescent Social Work. In addition to presenting at numerous Illinois conferences, she has presented at such national conferences as the American Public Health Association, National Association of City and County Health Officials, NetSmart’s Connections, International Mobile Health Conference, the US Conference on AIDS, and the National Harm Reduction Conference. Pryde earned her Master of Social Work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois Springfield. She is an Illinois licensed social worker and a certified public health administrator.

Top image: Julie Pryde is standing at a lectern in front of a group of people. She has short brown hair and glasses, and is wearing a black blazer and black, blue, green, and white patterned blouse. Photo by Kwamé Thomas.