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   PO 360
   Trenton, NJ 08625-0360

   For Release:
   November 27, 2001

George T. DiFerdinando, Jr., MD, MPH
Acting Commissioner

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DHSS Program Manager Receives Prestigious Frank J. Osborne Memorial Award

TRENTON - The Department of Health and Senior Services announced today that Ron Ulinsky, Program Manager for its Public Health Sanitation and Safety program in the Consumer and Environmental Health Services Division, has received the 2001 Frank J. Osborne Memorial Award for meritorious achievement in public health from the New Jersey Health Officer's Association. The Award was presented on November 14, 2001 at the 7th Annual Awards Meeting of the NJHOA in Atlantic City.

Mr. Ulinsky first joined the then NJ Department of Health in 1969 as Sanitarian and has held many public health positions in and out of the department since.

"This award is well deserved and I commend Ron Ulinsky for his significant efforts and achievement in the area of public health. He is well regarded among the many dedicated public health care professionals here in the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services," said acting Commissioner of Health and Senior Services George T. DiFerdinando, Jr., MD.

A graduate of Fairlawn High School in Bergen County, Mr. Ulinsky's public health career began in 1967 after receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Health and Biology from East Tennessee State University. That same year he was employed as a Sanitarian with the Health Department of the City of East Orange.

In 1969, he came to the Department and was assigned to what was then identified as the Northern District Office, which covered the northwest and central counties of New Jersey.

Mr. Ulinsky was on leave from the Department in 1970 and 1971 to earn a Master's Degree in Environmental Health from East Tennessee State University. During that time he also received a Public Health Service Internship from the United States Public Health Service.

In the early 70's, Mr. Ulinsky was the Assistant Health Officer for the Town of Bloomfield, where he expanded the public health services of the Bloomfield Department of Health to include three other Essex County municipalities through a Municipal Health Services Agreement.

He rejoined the NJ Department of Health in 1975 and has since held various positions including Special Assistant to the State Commissioner of Health and Director of Local Health and Regional Operations.

From 1982 to 1987, Mr. Ulinsky was an Adjunct Professor at Yale University School of Public Health.

In 1986, Mr. Ulinsky was assigned the responsibility for evaluating and monitoring the performance of local health departments for compliance with public health program standards. Through his efforts and those of staff, the Department was able to provide the technical assistance necessary for local health departments to achieve compliance with the vast majority of public health program standards.

In 1992, Mr. Ulinsky was asked to assume responsibility for managing the Public Health Sanitation and Safety Program in addition to continuing his role as Chairman of the Public Health Licensing and Examination Board. In this capacity, Mr. Ulinsky currently addresses public health and environmental health issues that cut across the spectrum of Department services.

The New Jersey Health Officers Association is a private non-profit association of public health and allied health professionals. Their offices are in Sparta, New Jersey.

The award is named after Frank J. Osborne, who had a distinguished career in public health in New Jersey from the 1920's until his retirement in 1961. The first annual award was presented in 1963. Prior recipients of this prestigious award include: former NJ Department of Health Assistant Commissioner for AIDS Prevention and Control, Dr. Ronald Altman (1981); former Governor Thomas H. Kean (1984); former Assistant Commissioner/State Epidemiologist, Dr. William Parkin (1995); former Senator Jack Sinagra (1996), who served as Chairman of the NJ Senate Health Committee; and Ronald Ashley, Sr. (1998), DHSS northern region field supervisor for the immunization program.

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