On Tuesday, October 8, Live Well Omaha partnered with WELLCOM to honor those who promote wellbeing in the workplace and community.

Live Well Omaha presented three inaugural awards to individuals and organizations that are committed to prioritizing and improving conditions that impact the health of our community.  The Live Well Omaha Community Awards:  

  • Sister Norita Cooney Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Community Health Innovator of the Year
  • Community Health Champion Legacy Award

Meet the Award Recipients

The Community Health Champion Legacy Award

This award was given to an individual who showed incredible promise as a public health leader and accomplished incredible feats on behalf of community health. Shavonna Lausterer, who is this year’s Community Health Champion Legacy Award winner is being honored posthumously. Ms. Lausterer was the previous Health Director at Sarpy/Cass Health Department and Lancaster Health Department. The award was accepted by her husband, Tony Lausterer. 


The Community Health Innovator of the Year Award

This award is bestowed upon an individual, team and organization that has developed a unique product, service, messaging campaign, or intervention that provides a valuable community health service in the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metro area. This year’s Community Health Innovator of the Year Award was given to Tai Chi for Balance.

The Sister Norita Cooney Lifetime Achievement Award

This award was created in honor of the late Sister Norita Cooney, RSM, a Sister of Mercy who was influential in the formation of Live Well Omaha and was essential to its early funding and community health priority-setting. Her spirit of philanthropy, business savvy, and compassion to always help others as if they were family has guided Live Well Omaha since its creation. This award is given to a community leader who has dedicated a lifetime to investing in a healthier community in incredibly impactful ways. This person takes time to mentor and build equitable systems that will open more opportunities for all to live well. The inaugural Sister Norita Cooney Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to its namesake posthumously, Sister Norita Cooney. Accepting on her behalf was Dr. Maryann Stevens, RSM, of the Sisters of Mercy, and President of the College of St. Mary. 

On behalf of the WELLCOM and Live Well Omaha staff and boards, we thank everyone who submitted award nominations and attended this inspirational event.