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NACCHO Honors 38 Local Health Departments with Model Practice Award

Contact Chuck Alexander
(310) 652-1558

Model Practices Award Given to 38 Outstanding Local Health Departments

Washington, D.C. (July 11, 2013)—

As part of its 2013 annual conference,the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) will honor 38 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 101 applications.

"Local health departments are constantly innovating as they help improve the lives of the people they serve," said NACCHO Executive Director Robert Pestronk. "The Model Practice program recognizes and lifts up groundbreaking activities that leaders across the public health world can use in their own communities to promote health and safety."

For 10 years, NACCHO's Model Practice program has honored local initiatives. All model practices are catalogued in an online, searchable database in areas ranging from immunization 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 at http://www.naccho.org/topics/modelpractices/

This year's Model Practice Award honorees include:

  • Alameda County: Food to Families (A Kresge Foundation grant)
    Alameda County Public Health Department/Nutrition Services Program
    Oakland, CA
  • Hospital Learning Network
    Boston Public Health Commission/Health Care Without Harm
    Boston, MA
  • Paramedics as Partners: Back to School Immunizations
    Florida Department of Health in Broward County
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Milwaukee's Laboratory System Improvement Program
    City of Milwaukee Public Health Laboratory
    Milwaukee, WI
  • Clark County Dental Health Initiative
    Clark County Health Department and Home Health Agency
    Winchester, KY
  • Using Predictive Models for Rapid Assessments of Recreational Water Quality< size="3" font>
    Cuyahoga County Board of Health
    Parma, OH
  • The SEL (Students Eating Locally) Project
    Cuyahoga County Board of Health
    Parma, OH
  • TAKE 10: A Policy Integrating Physical Activity into Classroom Curriculum
    Franklin County Health Department
    Frankfort, KY
  • Environmental Justice
    Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness
    Atlanta, GA
  • Intervention and Mobilization (AIM)
    Houston Department of Health and Human Services
    Houston, TX
  • CLEAN: Clean Living Environment in Appalachian Neighborhoods
    Kanawha-Charleston Health Department
    Charleston, WV
  • A Model for SLIV Clinics: The Dollars and "Sense" of Billing Private Insurers for Immunization Services
    Kanawha-Charleston Health Department
    Charleston, WV
  • A Collaborative Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan
    Kane County Health Department
    Aurora, IL
  • Developing Tools for Improving Compliance with Child Care Licensing Regulations
    Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department
    Lawrence, KS
  • Main Streets Go Blue
    Livingston County Department of Health
    Mt. Morris, NY
  • On Your Time Local Public Health Training
    Massachusetts Health Officers Association
    Ward Hill, MA
  • Enhanced Collaboration for the Implementation of the Nassau County Mosquito Surveillance and Control Plan Revised to Address the Asian Tiger Mosquito
    Nassau County Department of Health
    Uniondale, NY
  • Skype Observed Therapy: New Technology for Tuberculosis Control
    Nassau County Department of Health
    Uniondale, NY
  • Screen for Success: Early Intervention-WIC Developmental Screening Collaborative
    Nassau County Department of Health
    Uniondale, NY
  • New Hanover County Mosquito Control Policy and Practice
    New Hanover County Health Department
    Wilmington, NC
  • Increasing Access to Healthy Beverages in Public Spaces
    New York State Association of County Health Officials
    Albany, NY
  • Improved Customer Satisfaction Through Enhanced Feedback Capabilities
    Okaloosa County Health Department
    Ft. Walton Beach, FL
  • Customer Queue Management Program and Implementation
    Orange County Health Department
    Orlando, FL
  • Use of IGRA for TB Infection Screening
    Palm Beach County Health Department
    Riviera Beach, FL
  • Primary Access to Health
    Florida Department of Health, Brevard County
    Merritt Island, FL
  • Enhancing Public Health Employee Communication With Text Messaging
    Public Health – Seattle & King County
    Seattle, WA
  • Community Resources for Mass Fatality Management
    Seattle & King County and Northwest Healthcare Response Network
    Seattle, WA
  • Restaurant Inspection Website Tool for Reducing Critical Violations
    Salt Lake Valley Health Department
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Local Health Department/Hospital Partnership for Community Health Improvement
    San Francisco Department of Public Health
    San Francisco, CA
  • Improving Food Safety at Farmers Markets Through Training and Education
    South Central Public Health District
    Twin Falls, ID
  • Mandatory hepatitis A vaccine ordinance for food handlers and subsequent decline in case rate in St. Louis County
    St Louis County Department of Health
    Berkeley, MO
  • Kids Growing Healthy
    Tarrant County Public Health
    Fort Worth, TX
  • NASCAR Kentucky Environmental Health Strike Team Training 2012
    Three Rivers District Health Department
    Owenton KY
  • Environmental Health Employee Training Program
    Tri-County Health Department
    Greenwood Village, CO
  • Young Children Priority One Dental Program
    Two Rivers Public Health Department
    Holdrege, NE
  • VCHD "Second Review" Process for Revenue
    Volusia County Health Department
    Daytona Beach, FL
  • VCHD Clinical Productivity Dashboard
    Volusia County Health Department
    Daytona Beach, FL
  • VCHD Provider Productivity Analysis
    Volusia County Health Department
    Daytona Beach, FL

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.