One health advocate is recognized as a public health leader by a national organization.
North Dakota Suicide Prevention Program Director, Alison Traynor was admitted into the De Beaumont 40 under 40, in public health. It’s a program that advances public health efforts across the country.
Traynor coordinates statewide suicide projects through the suicide prevention coalition and awards funding across the state for suicide programs.
With the help of Traynor, 58 schools have evidence-based suicide prevention programs in play.
She’s been in this position for four years and also has 10 years of experience in social work, human trafficking, and suicide crisis response.
“As well versed as I may have been in these other areas, I felt that a lot of these professions were very underprepared when it came to suicide crisis intervention. There is a lot of things we can do before the crisis occurs as well as after someone is in the midst of a crisis,” said Traynor.
She is the first person in North Dakota to be recognized in this category.