Duane Draper: A Friend of Public Health

A local clinician has been recognized on a state level for his service and commitment to public health. Duane Draper is a Physician’s Assistant that practices at the Flaming Gorge Community Health Center in Manila. Draper “has served the individuals of Daggett County tirelessly for nearly a decade. As the only health care provider in the county, [Draper] provides important preventative and acute care to residents and visitors alike.” Draper received the “Friend of Public Health Award” from the Utah Association of Local Boards of Health during their annual symposium earlier this month. Draper is the sole provider in Daggett County and works closely with TriCounty Health Department, coordinating efforts to increase immunization rates among school-aged kids in Daggett County. TriCounty Health issued a press release on the award, stating that Duane Draper truly cares about his community and is “not only a Friend of Public Health but a friend to every single person in the community.” Congratulations Duane Draper and thank you for serving rural Utahns!


Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.