More than 50 people gathered at Touro University Farragut Inn in Vallejo to honor six recipients chosen as this year's Public Health Heroes.

These are Touro students and officials who have demonstrated "significant contributions and a commitment to public health service and research," according to a school announcement.

The College of Education and Health Sciences Public Health Program selected six members representing Touro students, faculty and community members as the "2014 Public Health Heroes."

"All our recipients are visionaries who stand at the intersection of health and the well-being of our communities with a focus on underserved populations," said Touro's Western Division Senior Provost and CEO Shelley Berkley in a prepared statement.

This year's recipients include:

* Andrew Muck and Ruby Warnock -- Student Hero Award;

* Joy Dugan -- Alumni Award;

* Carinne Brody -- Faculty Hero Award;

* Kathleen Hahn -- Community Hero Award,

* Marquita Marquis -- Hero Recognition Award.

Solano County Public Health Director of Medical Services Michael Stacey was the keynote speaker for the event. He spoke about increased access to health care as well his personal experience in global health.

Touro student Muck is an independent master of public health student in the "community health track" who is the project coordinator for both the Community Health Promoter and e.n.e.r.g.y. programs. He targets families in low-income housing projects as well as the importance of healthy eating and exercise.

Warnock will receive her master of public health degree in global health this May. She recently completed her field study in Cambodia at Marie Stopes International, working on a research project using mobile technology to support to families following abortions.

Dugan is a 2012 graduate of the joint master of science in physician assistant and the masters of public health program. She is a clinical instructor in the College of Osteopathic Medicine and works at the Solano County Family Health Services Clinic in Vallejo. She is working to expand the self-management and education services for diabetics through group visits at the clinic.

Brody is an assistant professor in public health and chair of the "global health track." She has conducted field research for universities, non-governmental organizations and foundations on maternal and child health in Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Ghana, Haiti, Somalia, Uganda, Kenya and India.

Hahn is coordinator and registered nurse in Vallejo City Unified School District's full service community schools/student health services division. She helped open Solano County's first school-based health center in 2004 and brings community support to Vallejo's school sites.

Marquis has worked more than 40 years in various health care related roles including public health manager at Napa County Health and Human Services agency. She is also a U.S. Army veteran.