The Erie County Council for the Prevention of Alcohol and Substance Abuse (ECCPASA) will present the 2016 William C. MacVicar Memorial Award to Rita Hubbard-Robinson, Project Director, Patient Activation Measures and Engagement; and host of the Millennium Health Matters Radio Show which airs each Monday at 1:30 PM on WUFO Mix 1080AM. LISTEN LIVE http://tinyurl.com/pzq85ay
The presentation will be made at ECCPASA’s Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon on Thurs., Oct. 20, 2016 from 11 AM – 2 PM at Templeton Landing, 2 Templeton Terrace, Buffalo, NY 14202.
According to Megan Dumpleton, M.S., CHES, Community Educator/Communications Coordinator, the Award is in honor of ECCPASA’s late Public Educator, Bill MacVicar, and is meant to honor his legacy of advocacy, community education, fighting stigma and removing barriers for those in need of services in the community.
“This award serves as a tribute to Bill, and is meant to be shared with someone in the field who exemplifies the qualities of a true professional, dedicated to the field of substance abuse prevention,” said Megan.
“Ms. Hubbard-Robinson is being recognized for her commitment to improving the health and wellness of local communities. She has done this through countless endeavors, but the recognition she receives through this award is for her radio shows: The Millennium Health Matters Radio Show and previously. the Great Lakes Health Radio Show,” Megan added.
“Through these shows, Ms. Hubbard-Robinson assisted in spreading awareness about substance abuse addiction and prevention by inviting ECCPASA’s Executive Director on to speak about these very important issues. We want to thank Ms. Hubbard-Robinson for her continued dedication to improving the lives of those in Erie County.”
The mission of Erie County Council for the Prevention of Alcohol and Substance Abuse is to deliver research driven education, prevention, intervention programs and services to promote and support the health and wellness of individuals, families and communities by focusing on solutions to alcohol and other drug misuse, addiction and unhealthy behaviors. ECCPASA provides leadership to fight the stigma associated with addiction through public education, policy awareness, liaison with health professionals and recovering communities, by providing objective information, referral, and linkages to those in need.
Rita Hubbard-Robinson works with community based organizations in Western New York to connect individuals to healthcare and wellness services.
Formerly the Director of Institutional Advancement at the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Foundation, she was the organizer of the Farmer’s Market at Grider, an innovative project focusing on making fresh fruits and vegetables and wellness activities available in the Delavan Grider community in Buffalo, NY. Ms. Hubbard-Robinson was also ECMC’s lead person with the Great Lakes Health System of Western New York in coordinating community outreach initiatives.
Ms. Hubbard-Robinson has received various awards that include the 2016 Difference Maker Award at the Black Tie for Black History Gala; the 2016 Woman of Courage, Character, and Commitment Award from the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women. An advocate for both communities and youth, Rita Hubbard-Robinson of NeuWater & Associates, LLC earned her juris doctor from the University at Buffalo School of Law and attended the University at Binghamton as an undergraduate. She is also the wife of 30 years to Mark E. Robinson and the mother of two, Jason and Journee.