The California Hepatitis Alliance presents the Sherri Ziegler Community Service Award to an individual who has exhibited outstanding leadership in addressing viral hepatitis in California through advocacy, education, and/or direct services. Established in 2009 in honor of the late Sherri R. Ziegler, a founding member of the CalHEP Steering Committee, the award reflects her dedication to fighting hepatitis B and C. Sherri worked tirelessly to advocate in Sacramento and Washington, DC for those in need of support and services, especially in rural northern California. She loved to travel with her message of hope for people who, like her, were affected by hepatitis C. Sherri also mentored countless advocates all over the rural north. She always had a positive attitude even when she faced obstacles that would overwhelm most people. Along with her advocacy efforts, Sherri provided education, support, and other services for people with hepatitis C in her community. She was an invaluable resource to the Peach Tree Clinic, the Sutter, Yuba, and Butte County Health Departments, and advocacy groups in Shasta and Plumas Counties.
This year’s award recipient is Shirley Barger.
Previous award recipients include:
- Leslie Benson (2010)
- Orlando Chavez (2011)
- Koy Parada and Mimi Chang (2012)