Missouri Rep. Paul Wieland, R-Imperial, was recognized by a statewide health association during a conference in Columbia on Sept. 27.
Wieland received the Legislative Friend of Public Health award from the Missouri Association of Local Public Health Agencies, according to a news release. The organization works to improve communication among local, state and federal public health agencies, notes its website.
The award is a way to recognize legislators who sponsor or support legislation or budget initiatives that help the public health system, the news release notes.
During the last session, Wieland sponsored a bill that helped local public health agencies use electronic banking, which will allow those agencies to work more efficiently, the release notes.
Wieland's district includes all or parts of Imperial, Barnhart and Arnold.