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NACCHO Honors 39 Local Health Departments for Exemplary and Innovative Programs


Contact Claire S. Gould
(301) 652-1558

NACCHO Honors 39 Local Health Departments for Exemplary and Innovative Programs
Washington, DC (July 13, 2012)

As part of its 2012 annual conference in Los Angeles, CA, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) last night honored 39 local health departments across the country for implementing programs that demonstrate exemplary and replicable outcomes in response to an identified public health need. Each project receiving a Model Practice award was reviewed by a committee of peers (other local health department professionals) and selected from a group of 166 applications (up by more than a quarter from last year).

“Local health departments nationwide are great sources of innovative ideas and programs,” said NACCHO Executive Director Robert M. Pestronk. “With this award, NACCHO recognizes exceptional work and shares it broadly. The beauty of these programs is that they can be replicated or adapted by other local health departments.”

Among this year’s Model Practice award winners were the following programs:

The Contra Costa Health Services’ Family, Maternal and Child Health Programs in Martinez, CA, developed Building Economic Security Today (BEST), an asset-development pilot project, for the local WIC program. BEST uses the Life Course framework, a complex interplay of biological, behavioral, psychological, environmental, and social protective and risk factors (including wealth and financial stability) that contribute to health outcomes across the span of a person’s life and future generations. BEST responds to the county’s steadily rising rates of pre-term and low birth weight, and the substantial inequities in birth outcomes between racial/ethnic groups. Community partners engaged in BEST offer expertise related to asset-development. WIC clients deepen their understanding of the connection between health and wealth, and adopt strategies to improve their financial behaviors.

The Clark County Public Health Department in Vancouver, WA, uses the Emergency Community Notification System (ECNS), an automated system with polling capability and real time data available via secure web-based portal to select and reach specific populations to conduct infectious disease outbreak investigations. Through this system, the agency is able to reach populations potentially exposed to communicable diseases and other hazards by automated phone within minutes (or the whole county in 30 minutes, if necessary). Because ECNS automatically and immediately populates an electronic database for data analysis in real time, the department is able to respond to an emerging outbreak rapidly and efficiently and significantly decrease the number of individual interviews of exposed or ill people.

The Northeast Texas Public Health District, in Tyler, TX, developed the FIT City Challenge, a campaign to fight obesity and sedentary lifestyles. Joining forces with local media and community partners including hospitals, health clubs, local businesses, and others, the health department-led coalition works to educate the public through success stories of real community members, and to provide activities such as Fit City Day events, and several fitness walk events to fight the obesity epidemic of Tyler and northeast Texas. In support of the program, the Tyler Morning Telegraph added a new section called Health and Wellness, and local broadcaster, CBS 19TV, started a series called Fit City Success.

Central Florida’s Lake County Health Department, with the support of the Lake County School District, took on tooth decay, a common childhood disease, with Toothy 2, a Mobile Dental Unit that brings preventative dental care and oral health education directly to children while at school. With this program, second grade students aged 7-8 years old who are low-income, eligible for Medicaid, uninsured, or without access to regular dental care receive a visual exam, teeth cleaning, brushing and flossing instruction, fluoride varnish and sealants on their permanent first molars. The sealants are checked and reapplied if needed to third graders who were seen the previous year as second graders.

Since 2003, NACCHO’s Model Practice program has honored local initiatives. All model practices are catalogued in an online, searchable database in areas ranging from immunization and maternal and child health to infectious diseases and emergency preparedness. The NACCHO Model Practice database allows users to benefit from colleagues'' experiences, to learn what works, and to ensure that resources are used wisely on effective programs that have been implemented with good results. It also enables NACCHO to share information with key stakeholders and media about the good work being done by local health departments across the country. Read more about these award-winning programs here.

This year, NACCHO honored the following:

  • Alameda County Public Health Department, Alameda County Building Blocks for Health Equity Initiative
  • Albany County Department of Health on behalf of Albany County Strategic Alliance for Health, Healthy Convenience Store Initiative
  • Boulder County Public Health, Rapid Access and Treatment Retention of Young Opioid Addicts
  • Brevard County Health Department/Fl Dept of Health, Comprehensive Sexual Assault Examination Response
  • City of Kansas City, Mo., Health Department, Joint Metropolitan Regional News Release Protocol
  • Clackamas County Health, Housing and Human Services, Mobile Technologies Program in Behavioral Health and Primary Care
  • Clark County Public Health, Use of Emergency Community Notification System in Disease Outbreaks
  • Cobb and Douglas Public Health, Center for Organizational Performance and Strategy Management
  • Columbus Public Health, Columbus Art Walks
  • Contra Costa County Health Services, WIC Inter-Conception Depression/Anxiety Screening, Education and Referral Program
  • Contra Costa Health Services, Lift Every Voice (LEV) Program
  • Contra Costa Health Services, Contra Costa Life Course Initiative – Building Economic Security Today (BEST) at WIC
  • Dakota County Public Health Department, Smart Choices: Creating a Healthy School Environment
  • Denver Department of Environmental Health, Clean Air at Schools: Engines Off
  • Denver Public Health, HANDI – Using a Mobile App for Mass Intervention Data Collection
  • Duval County Health Department and Florida Department of Health, The Interdiction Project (TIP) Phase I-III: A Potential Innovative Program for HIV Positive Persons to Reduce STD Co-infection with HIV/AIDS, New HIV Infection and Resistant HIV Transmission
  • Franklin County Health Department, Three for Free
  • Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services, Advancing Environmental Equity using PACE-EH
  • Houston Department of Health and Human Services, Community Nutrition Series
  • Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, Dispense-Assist
  • Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, Technical Assistance Review Assignment, Documentation, and Tracking Tool & Documentation Organization Process
  • Kane County Health Department, Implementation of Quality Improvement Following Agency Transition and Restructuring
  • Lake County Health Department, Toothy 2 Brings Dental Care to Children in Lake County, Florida
  • Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Los Angeles County Health Survey
  • Los Angeles County Department of Public Health - Emergency Preparedness and Response Program, cPAT- Community Push Partner Assessment Tool
  • MA Health Officers Association and Boston University School of Public Health, Massachusetts Public Health Inspector Training (MA PHIT)
  • Marion County Health Department, Public Health Preparedness Epidemiology Annex Activation
  • Marion County Health Department, Local Medical Reserve Corps Unit Strategic Planning Process
  • Marshall County Health Department, Public Health Response to Access to Rural Mental Health Services
  • Mason County Public Health, Clean Water District Model (Water Quality)
  • Mohave County Department of Public Health- Environmental Health Division, Public Health Nuisance Program Funding
  • Northeast Texas Public Health District, Tyler''s Fit City Challenge
  • Salt Lake Valley Health Department/Environmental Health/Household Hazardous Waste Program, Partnership in Responsible Electronics Recycling
  • Schenectady County Public Health Services, Know, Grow and Eat Your Vegetables: Increasing Access to Healthier Foods Among the Developmentally Disabled
  • Sedgwick County Health Department, Community Health Navigators Program
  • Spokane Regional Health District, Neighborhoods Matter
  • Spokane Regional Health District, Using Decision Support Software for Budget Decisions
  • Tri-County Health Department, Tri-County Health Department WIC Community Gardens
  • Tri-County Health Department, The Backflow Roadshow: Cross Connection Control and Backflow Prevention Training

About the National Association of County and City Health Officials
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) represents the nation''s 2,800 local governmental health departments. These city, county, metropolitan, district, and tribal departments work every day to protect and promote health and well-being for all people in their communities.