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Sen. Renee Unterman receives national honor

State Sen. Renee Unterman, center, accepts the National Association of Local Boards of Health Legislator of the Year Award from Georgia Public Health Association President-Elect Deborah Riner, far right. Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Brenda Fitzgerald, far left looks on, while Gwinnett County Board Chairman Charlotte Nash speaks about Unterman’s accomplishments. (Submitted Photo)

State Sen. Renee Unterman, center, accepts the National Association of Local Boards of Health Legislator of the Year Award from Georgia Public Health Association President-Elect Deborah Riner, far right. Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Brenda Fitzgerald, far left looks on, while Gwinnett County Board Chairman Charlotte Nash speaks about Unterman’s accomplishments. (Submitted Photo)

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Sen. Renee Unterman, third from left, poses with state and local health officials after the presentation of the Legislator of the Year Award from the National Association of Local Board of Health. (Submitted photo)

Buford Sen. Renee Unterman has received a national honor for her work on public health issues.

Unterman, who is the chairwoman of the Senate Health and Human Services, received the “Legislator of the Year” award from the National Association of Local Boards of Health, during a ceremony last week.

The senator, who worked as a nurse and social worker, was nominated by the local association, and decided to accept the award locally instead of at the national conference in Utah.

“Since I was appointed as a county commissioner representative to the Gwinnett Rockdale Newton Board of Health serving four years (in the 1990s), I have never forgotten what I learned about the value of good health policy implementation,” Unterman said. “When I progressed to the State Capitol, I brought with me those valuable lessons and have never forgotten how important quality, assessable, community health is to all Georgians.”