Southern California native Mina Liebert has a passion for healthy neighborhoods.

The public health planner with El Paso County Public Health transitioned from her position as director of LiveWell Colorado Springs several months ago. In her current role, she oversees the accreditation process for the county, the first and only accredited county public health department in the state. There she facilitates community collaboration and supports efforts to improve the well-being of the county’s population.

Health care consultant BJ Scott nominated Liebert.

“I’ve been very impressed with her,” Scott said. “She’s a very sharp, young leader in the community. She not only works hard and is passionate about her work, but she really understands the larger picture of policies that drive initiatives. And she’s passionate about healthy eating and active living.”

While at LiveWell Colorado Springs, Liebert managed healthy eating and active living initiatives to reduce obesity. Liebert has also served on the city of Colorado Springs’ Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Advisory Board and is a member of the UCHealth Memorial Hospital Board of Directors.

Regarding Colorado Springs neighborhoods, Liebert said: “The place we live is really unique in the sense that we have great aesthetics, but every neighborhood should have an opportunity to be connected to healthy living, whether that means appropriate transit options or a park within walking distance.”

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Liebert said it’s important, as someone with a family, that there are free and accessible places to be active for everyone.

Liebert was surprised by the Rising Stars award.

“It’s exciting. It’s a great honor,” she said. “Being recognized is an additional perk. I don’t do it for recognition. I do this work because I care and am passionate about it. Being recognized makes the hard work that much better.”

Liebert said professionally, she’s proudest of seeing healthier communities because of her efforts.

“Our community continues to get better,” she said. “Serving on these different boards has given me an opportunity to see all the assets this community has.”

Scott said Liebert will positively impact Colorado Springs for years to come.

“We will see her much in the future in our community,” she said.

— Bryan Grossman