Duluth Woman Awarded Top Honor by the American Lung Association
(June 26, 2017) -
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DULUTH, Minn. – On Friday, June 23, Duluth, Minn. resident Pat McKone was awarded the prestigious Hoyt E. Dearholt Distinguished Professional Service Award from the American Lung Association at their annual awards banquet at the O’Hare Hilton in Chicago.
McKone has been with the American Lung Association for 40 years. She has played a critical role in many of Minnesota’s first smokefree policies including worksites, housing and foster care. In January of 2016, she was one of a small group of advocates to attend the White House Summit on Housing and Urban Development’s proposed smokefree public housing rule.
“Pat’s passion for her work is admirable and has led her to successfully engage and partner with a very broad range of stakeholders,” said Penny Fena, chief mission officer for the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest. “The outstanding achievements that Pat has accomplished in her career have significantly benefited our communities and will continue to make an impact for generations.”
While she works closely with individual communities throughout the Midwest, she continues to work on statewide legislation in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota, and in the trenches both in Duluth, Minn. and across the Arrowhead Region of Northeast Minnesota. Her passion for social justice has been a driving force in much of her work, including advocacy for smokefree housing and smoking cessation for those with mental health and substance use disorders.
The Hoyt E. Dearholt Distinguished Professional Service Award is the highest honor a staff member can receive from the Lung Association, awarded to a staff member who has made significant and lasting contributions throughout their career.
About the American Lung Association in Minnesota
The American Lung Association in Minnesota is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.