BISMARCK — The North Dakota Women's Network has named Bismarck's public health director as its 2021 Woman of the Year.

Renae Moch, director of Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health, was awarded for her service to public health and for her leadership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moch coordinated the work of the Burleigh-Morton COVID-19 Task Force last year and promoted education about the coronavirus, the North Dakota Women's Network said in a news release.

Throughout the pandemic, Moch has received threats and been harassed due to her advocacy of COVID-19 precautions. Around the U.S, the harassment of public health officials has emerged as a national trend during the pandemic.

Moch has led multiple public health initiatives throughout her career, including a campaign to address substance use issues in Burleigh and Morton counties and a committee to prevent and end homelessness in the Bismarck-Mandan area.

WDAY logo
listen live
watch live
Newsletter signup for email alerts

The North Dakota Women's Network, an advocacy group that aims to improve the lives of women, plans to hold a virtual celebration on Friday, Oct. 29, to honor Moch. Past recipients of the Woman of the Year award include Rep. Ruth Buffalo, D-Fargo, Rep. Karla Rose Hanson, D-Fargo, Dina Butcher and Connie Hildebrand.