Published on March 25, 2021

Monica Soderstrom Honored With 2021 Woman of the Year Award

Monica SoderstromCHICO, Calif., March 25, 2021 – Longtime public health nurse Monica Soderstrom received the 2021 California Assembly Woman of the Year Award today for her role in the local response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Soderstrom is the Community Health Division director for the Butte Public Health Department. Additionally, she serves as a member of Enloe Medical Center’s Board of Trustees.

In a state of nearly 40 million people, Soderstrom is one of 120 exceptional women being recognized for this honor by the California Legislative Women’s Caucus. The award recognizes each recipient’s unique contributions to her community and the State of California. As Soderstrom is a recipient in Assembly District 3, Assemblyman James Gallagher presented the award. The presentation took place at the Butte County Public Health’s office on Oleander Avenue in Chico, Calif.

“I am so thrilled Monica is being recognized with this award. She is amazing at her regular job, but shows so much care for our community by going far above and beyond in order to make sure others have their needs met,” said Danette York, Director of Butte County Public Health. “She remains steadfast, stoic, and is an all-around superstar when responding to emergency situations and has tirelessly exemplified those qualities over this past year during the pandemic.”

One of the nominations described Soderstrom as “the central figure in organizing and managing COVID-19 testing, case investigation and contact tracing. This is an enormous responsibility, one that has quietly but effectively saved lives.”

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Enloe Medical Center is a local, nonprofit health care organization located at 1531 Esplanade Chico, Calif. 95926.

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