Lou Wooster Public Health Hero Award
2013 Recipient, The Birmingham City Council
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Breakfast: 8:00 - 9:30 AM
The Edge of Chaos - 4th Floor Lister Hill Library
This year's award recipient is the Birmingham City Council in recognition of the smoke free ordinance that was passed last year. On April 17, 2012 a comprehensive smoke free ordinance was passed to “protect the public health and welfare by prohibiting smoking in public places and places of employment, guarantee the right of nonsmokers and recognize the need to breathe smoke-free air.” This ordinance will improve the health and well being of all the residents of Birmingham now and for generations to come.
The School of Public Health will sponsor an informal breakfast with faculty, students, and other invited guests on Wednesday, April 3rd, 8:00 AM at the Edge of Chaos (4th floor Lister Hill Library). This will be opportunity for folks to hear about the process of passing the ordinance and to discuss next steps in other municipalities.
At 11:30 AM a horse drawn carriage will leave from the School to drive to Oak Hill Cemetery. The ceremony is held in the cemetery chapel at about 12 Noon.
About the Award
The Lou Wooster Public Health Hero Award presented annually to recognize individuals, groups, or organizations who are unconventional public health hero. The award is named in honor of Lou Wooster, the 19th century Birmingham madam who risked her own death by staying in the city to care for the sick and dying during the 1873 cholera epidemic. Her courage went a long way toward assuring there was a Birmingham for the leadership to come back to. When she died in May 1913, hundreds of empty black carriages drove by the funeral home to pay respects to a local hero. Recipients are driven by a horse drawn carriage from the School of Public Health to Oak Hill Cemetery where Lou Wooster is buried.