Sen. Jim Stamas honored by public health association

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas was honored with the Friend of Local Public Health Award from the Michigan Association of Local Public Health in Lansing on Wednesday.

Denise Bryan, health officer for District Health Department No. 2 and No. 4, nominated Stamas and presented him with the award in recognition of the senator’s work on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) found in area groundwater.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the Michigan Association of Local Public Health,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “I want to thank our public health workers for the important work they do every day in our communities. The district health departments in northern Michigan have been doing an excellent job educating the public about PFAS.

“Last summer, I went door-to-door with Denise Bryan to help better inform the local residents about the PFAS issue. I also want to thank Denise for nominating me for this award and for her dedication to the health of Michigan families.”


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