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NACCHO Awards Local Health Department Innovation and Public Health Leadership


Contact:Jacqueline Bond


NACCHO Awards Local Health Department Innovation and Public Health Leadership

Atlanta (July 9, 2014)—

As part of its 2014 Annual Conference, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) today honored the outstanding efforts and accomplishments of local health departments and public health leaders from across the country. Each of the winners demonstrated innovative ways to improve the health and safety outcomes of the communities they serve. NACCHO announced three awards – the Local Health Department of the Year, "Mo" Mullet Lifetime of Service, and Model Practices.

"From the water we drink to the food we eat and air we breathe, local health department leadership is on the front lines of health and safety in our communities. That work should not go unnoticed", said NACCHO Executive Director Robert M. Pestronk. "With our awards, we recognize local governmental public health work that prevents bad things from happening and prepares us to respond when they do. We celebrate evidence of passion, ingenuity, and best practice. These create healthier neighborhoods one block at a time."

Local Health Department of the Year Award

The Local Health Department of the Year Award honors the outstanding accomplishments of small, medium, and large local health departments for their innovation, creativity, and impact on their community. NACCHO recognized this year's winners for their ability to use policy as a strategic tool to promote community health.

2014 Winners:

SMALL: Macon County Public Health Center, Franklin, NC - Recognized for being one of the first counties in the state to establish a policy to regulate tobacco use in outdoor areas.

MEDIUM: Whatcom County Health Department, Bellingham, WA - Recognized for implementing a policy to address veteran's homelessness and provide safe, secure housing along with critical support services.

LARGE: Chicago Department of Public Health, Chicago, IL - Recognized for creating innovative policy solutions to curb the use of menthol-flavored cigarettes among youth, and other vulnerable populations.

Maurice "Mo" Mullet Lifetime of Service Award

The Maurice "Mo" Mullet Lifetime of Service Award honors current or former public health officials for noteworthy service to NACCHO that has reflected the commitment, vigor, and leadership as exemplified by the distinguished career of Maurice "Mo" Mullet. During his career, Mo Mullet achieved statewide and national recognition as a leader who established national policy in disease prevention and health promotion.

2014 Winner:

Joan Ellison, Public Health Director (ret.), Livingston County Department of Health, NY, is recognized for her 35-year career in local public health. Joan has devoted herself to improving the health of her community and by working with state and national level colleagues to improve the field of public health. Through her work on theAssessment Protocol for Excellence in Public Health, and the process, Joan exemplifies continuous quality improvement. She has championed public health accreditation to enhance the work of local health departments, and has served tirelessly mentoring a new generation of local public health leaders in NACCHO's Survive and Thrive program.

Model Practice Awards

Now in its tenth year, NACCHO is recognizing 22 outstanding local health departments with the Model Practice Award for programs that demonstrate exemplary and replicable qualities in response to a critical local public health need. A committee of peers chose the recipients from a competitive group of 71 applications.The NACCHO Model Practice searchable online database contains Model Practice Award winning best practices on an expansive range of public health issues, such as immunization, infectious diseases, emergency preparedness and many others. Read more about these award-winning programs at http://www.naccho.org/topics/modelpractices/.

2014 Winners

Boulder County Public Health, Boulder, CO
Alcohol Emergency Commitment: Gateway to Immediate Treatment Access for High Service Utilizers

Cincinnati Health Department, Cincinnati, OH
Creating Healthy Communities

Clark County Public Health, Vancouver, WA
Electronic Directly Observed Therapy for TB

Clay County Public Health Center, Liberty, MO
Clay County School Syndromic Surveillance

Cobb and Douglas Public Health, Marietta, GA
Program Summary Tool: An Evaluation Framework for Public Health Program Success

Florida Department of Health in Brevard County, Merritt Island, FL
Emergency Department Diversion Dental Program

Florida Department of Health in Marion County, Ocala, FL
Increased Access to Dental Health Care for Underserved Populations Through Community Partnerships

Florida Department of Health in Osceola County, Kissimmee, FL
Early Access Prenatal

Florida Department of Health in Seminole County, Sanford, FL
Community Health Clinic:Refugee services

Greene County Public Health Department, Catskill, NY
Project Needle Smart

Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services, Houston, TX
CHoosing And Maintaining Programs for Sex education in Schools (CHAMPSS)

Hennepin County Mental Health Center, Minneapolis, MN
Drop-In Medication Clinic

Houston Department of Health and Human Services, Houston, TX
Kids Vision Partnership

Kane County Health Department, Aurora, IL
Utilization of Quality Improvement to Assess, Prioritize and Improve Public Health Core Competencies

Kent County Health Department, Grand Rapids, MI
Interconception Care Program

Nassau County Department of Health, Uniondale, NY
Environmental Health Residential Development Protection Program

Oakland County Health Division, Pontiac, MI
Homeless Healthcare Collaboration

Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Philadelphia, PA
The Unrecognized Gap: Staffing During a Public Health Emergency

Ravenna City Health Department, Board, and Community Sponsors, Ravenna, OH
Innovation of an After-school Personal Improvement Program (PIP) in Elementary School Grades 3rd through 5th

Three Rivers District Health Department, Owenton, KY
Three Rivers Thriller - Using Zombies to Teach QI

Tri-County Health Department, Greenwood Village, CO
Public Health Incident Management Team (PHIMT)

Tri-County Health Department, Greenwood Village, CO
Worksite Wellness Collaborative Outreach Model - Including Public Health, Business, Government, and Community Partners

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.