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Dr. Rod Tinney named a public health "Hometown Health Hero"

(April 16, 2010) A Charlevoix County pediatrician is one of 12 "Hometown Health Heroes" recognized for their extraordinary efforts to improve the health of their communities across Michigan by a coalition of public health organizations. Rod Tinney, MD, received the honor for his advocacy of immunizations. He received the award from Greg Holzman, MD, Michigan's Chief Medical Executive, at a reception on April 14 at the Capitol Rotunda in Lansing celebrating National Public Health Week.

"Dr. Tinney is a true partner of public health," said Joshua Meyerson, MD, Medical Director for the Health Department of Northwest Michigan. "As the only pediatrician in Charlevoix County, he has an extremely busy practice, yet he works closely with the Health Department to assure his patients are enrolled in programs such as the WIC Nutrition Program and the Maternal Child Health Program."

"In addition to his contributions to public health, Rod has been a great asset to both Charlevoix Area Hospital and his patients," said William Jackson, Chief Executive Officer of Charlevoix Area Hospital. "He is available 24/7 to provide care to his patients when needed. His recognition as a Hometown Health Hero is certainly well deserved."

According to Meyerson, his immunization practices have set the bar high for the area. Under Tinney's leadership, the proportion of newborns at Charlevoix Area Hospital vaccinated against Hepatitis B increased from 52% in 2006 to over 90%, the highest in northern Michigan. His practice, Pine River Medical, received a Certificate of Achievement from Michigan Department of Community Health for high immunization rates in 19 to 36-month-old patients.

"Dr. Tinney was also very helpful during the public health response to the H1N1 flu pandemic," said Meyerson. "As soon as the H1N1 vaccine became available, he was immunizing children. The Health Department relies on physicians to help with community-wide vaccination campaigns and Dr. Tinney was working with us from the very beginning."

Michigan Department of Community Health invited local health departments to nominate individuals for the Hometown Health Hero award. Representatives from the organizations that made up the Michigan Public Health Week Partnership also selected:

Michigan Public Health Week is celebrated each year during the second week of April. This year’s theme was "A Healthier America: One Community at a Time".

The organizations that make up the Michigan Public Health Week Partnership are the Michigan Association of Local Public Health, Michigan Association of Counties, Michigan Department of Community Health, Michigan Public Health Association, Michigan Public Health Institute, Michigan State University, University of Michigan School of Public Health, and Wayne State University.

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code to promote wellness, prevent disease, provide quality healthcare, address health problems of vulnerable populations, and protect the environment for the residents and visitors of Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties. For additional information, visit

Janet Olszewski, Director of Michigan Department of Community Health congratulates Rod Tinney, MD, who was selected as one of 12 Hometown Health Heroes statewide.