Today, the Deschutes County Public Health Advisory Board is presenting its annual Public Health Heroes Awards. The awards are given to an individual and a group that has demonstrated excellence in promoting and protecting public health. This year's individual category winner is Linda Burgel, who has been a woman's health care nurse practitioner for 23 years and has worked at the Deschutes County Health Services Department since 1998. The group award goes to "Commute Options" a non-profit organization that celebrated 20 years of service last year. Commute Options works hard to promote transportation alternatives to the residents of Deschutes County. The organization greatly impacts the health of residents while preserving the environment and resources.