Clay County Public Health Center awarded Smithville and Kearney Community Health in Action awards for their positive contributions to the overall health of Clay County.

Established in 2015, CHIA awards celebrate individuals, groups and organizations that help improve the health of county residents through programs, services, policies, leadership or volunteerism.

"In such a rapidly growing county, the health center relies on local partners to help fulfill its vision of empowering all people to lead healthier lives," said health center Director Gary E. Zaborac. "We hope this award brings attention to the great organizations in our area that make it a healthier place to live, work and play."

Smithville and Kearney mayors and boards of aldermen were recognized for their passage of Tobacco 21 initiatives. The efforts changed local law to prohibit sales of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21.

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