Boone County wins NACo Achievement Award

7 months 1 week 1 day ago June 14, 2016 Jun 14, 2016 Tuesday, June 14 2016 Tuesday, June 14, 2016 7:53:00 PM CDT in News
By: Brendon Baker, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - Boone County has been awarded the National Association of Counties (NACo) 2016 Achievement Award for work by Public Administrator Cathy Richards.

Richards won the award for her program, Establishing Charitable Funding to Cover Uncovered Healthcare.

She began developing the program in 2005 when Medicaid funding was dramatically cut and dental care was eliminated for many Missourians. 

"I'm certainly humbled by this award," Richards stated in a news release. “But this was never about awards. This program was designed to help the most vulnerable when no money was available but clients were still suffering and needed help.  Personally, I feel I’m accepting this award for all the Public Administrators of Missouri. Very few people are aware of what Public Administrators actually do, but we creatively problem solve critical issues like these almost each and every day.”

Richards will receive the award July 24 at NACo's 2016 Annual Conference and Exposition in Los Angeles. 

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