Dr. Henke Receives Zezula Award at Recovery Reinvented
Posted 11/10/21 (Wed)
BISMARCK, N.D. (OCT. 25, 2021) – Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum today hosted the fifth Recovery Reinvented, a daylong in-person and online event focused on reinventing recovery through eliminating the stigma of addiction.
They were joined by national and state addiction recovery experts, more than 650 in-person attendees and over 3,000 online viewers who spanned across the state and nation, with some international audience members watching from Australia, Kenya and Spain. “Recovery Reinvented has always been about ending the shame and stigma that surrounds the disease of addiction. And as we do every year, we’re building on that foundation and focusing on the relevant issues and topics that can help us build the strongest cultures of recovery in our state and across our nation,” Gov. Burgum said. “While today is to celebrate how far we have come, it’s also an opportunity for us to gather and reflect that we have much work in front of us still to go.”
The governor and first lady emphasized the importance of sharing individual stories of people’s journeys from addiction to recovery, creating recovery-friendly cultures in the workplace and community and eliminating stigma by getting involved in advocacy.
The event was highlighted by a number of North Dakota community members and organizations who were recognized for their efforts to implement innovative solutions to
address the disease of addiction. One such Recovery Champion award was presented to Dr. Melissa Henke, Heartview Foundation, for her work in expanding access to
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for people with an Opioid Use Disorder and usingevidence-based practices to eliminate the stigma of addiction for people struggling with addiction.
“The Zezula Award recognizes an individual who uses their skills and knowledge to help others through servant leadership, sharing compassion and empathy and empowering others to be the best version of themselves,” said Governor Doug Burgum. “Dr. Melissa Henke embodies this through her commitment to empowering people along the road to recovery.”
“Dr. Henke has been a leader at the statewide level for expanding access to treatment and recovery supports across North Dakota, “ said First Lady Kathryn Burgum. “But even more impressive may be the inspiring connection she maintains with the individuals she directly serves and inspires to find recovery.”
Congratulations on this well-deserved honor Dr. Henke!
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