Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

Connie O'Neill-2005 Milton M. Miller Award Winner

Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

Connie O'Neill-2005 Milton M. Miller Award Winner

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The Colorado Environmental Health Association presented the 2005 Milton M. Miller Award, its highest honor, to Connie O'Neill at its 2005 Awards Banquet in Estes Park, Colorado.

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Connie O'Neill was born and raised in Eastern Colorado. She attended the University of Northern Colorado, where she received her bachelor's degree in biology in 1989. She received her master's degree in environmental policy and management from the University of Denver in 2000.

O'Neill began working for the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment in Colorado as an environmental technician in 1989. She served as the department's laboratory supervisor from 1994 to 2004. In that position, she was responsible for coordinating all laboratory programs, including water, wastewater, medical, vector control, and bioterrorism analyses. She is currently the manager of the North Front Range Water Quality Planning Association (NFRWQPA) and is responsible for overall management, planning, and leadership of the organization. NFRWQPA is the coordinating agency for water quality management planning and implementation in Larimer and Weld counties.

As Weld County's laboratory supervisor, Connie was proactive in establishing surveillance and setting up lab protocols for the testing of animals and humans for West Nile virus before there was a physical presence of the disease in Weld or surrounding counties. …

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