UNT Health Science Center’s School of Public Health (SPH) announced through its official news page its first-time ever nomination of a community volunteer, Elizabeth A. (Libby) Watson, to the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health (DOHSPH). Up until now, all of the nominated members were students, alumni, teachers, or specialists with relevant experience in the area.
According to Richard Kurz, SPH’s director, the reason for Watson’s nomination is her role in the education of local leaders, raising awareness for the “importance of public health,” and to underscore “the role that our school needs to play locally in this regard.”
Founded in 1924 at Johns Hopkins University within the School of Hygiene and Public Health, the DOHSPH recognizes students, faculty, and professionals who have made contributions in the area of public health.
Watson’s background has been marked by active participation and advocacy, not only in the area of public health, but also in other citizenship areas. She is a former Chair of the First Texas Camp Fire Council’s Corporate Champions for Children Task Force, and has served on the Board of Directors of The Texas Oklahoma Plains Girl Scout Council. She works with the Child Study Center Board of Directors, the United Way of Tarrant County Women’s Leadership Council Steering Committee, and the Mimir Chamber Music Festival Committee.
This isn’t the first time that Watson has been recognized by her performance as an active member of the community. In 2008 she received the Mike Moncrief “Believing in Youth” award. More recently, Watson became a Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains’ laureate after receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from that institution.