Douglas Horbelt receives health award from Sedgwick County

04/03/2013 3:57 PM

04/03/2013 3:57 PM

Sedgwick County honored Douglas Horbelt on Wednesday with the Dr. Doren Fredrickson Lifetime Commitment to Public Health Award.

An ob-gyn who taught at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita, Horbelt helped establish the maternal and infant program at the Sedgwick County Health Department in the 1980s, “assuring that indigent and low-income women had a place to receive low-cost prenatal care,” a news release from the county said.

Horbelt moved residents to two health care clinics when the program closed in 2011 to ensure that women would get prenatal care.

Fredrickson, for whom the award is named, served as the Sedgwick County Health Department’s health officer from 2002 to 2008.

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