2014 Public Health Hero, William Kennedy
As part of 2014 Public Health Week, UF Department of Behavioral Science and Community Health recognized a local public health hero. Public Health Week director Nicole Cranley stated that even though this was the first year for the award, there were several excellent nominees and the alumni judging panel had a difficult time deciding the honoree.
A Public Health Hero is an individual or organization who makes a difference by promoting a healthier, safer Gainesville. We would like to recognize those who go above and beyond for Gainesville’s well-being each day.
Dr. Mary Ellen Young nominated William Kennedy for his dedication to both advocacy and public health promotion for people with disabilities. Mr. Kennedy is the Executive Director of the Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida (CILNCF). The CILNCF serves 16 counties in the North Central Florida region from (4) four locations and provides services to individuals on a cross-disability basis. Mr. Kennedy is a graduate of the MHS program in rehabilitation counseling from our college and has been a strong collaborator with the Department of Behavioral Science and Community Health on public health research projects for persons with disabilities such as tobacco cessation and breast cancer screening.
Mr. Kennedy was incredibly humbled and graciously accepted the award on behalf of the entire CILNCF staff. Congratulations, Mr. Kennedy!