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2017 LHD of the Year Award Winners Bridge the Gap between Clinical Medicine and Population Health

By Taylarr Lopez, Communications Specialist, NACCHO

Local health departments (LHDs) across the nation work tirelessly for the betterment of health, equity, and security for all people in their communities. Today, LHDs must develop strategic partnerships with traditional and non-traditional stakeholders that hold the power and resources to influence population health. NACCHO’s Local Health Department of the Year Award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of LHDs across the country for their innovation, creativity, and impact on communities. The theme for the 2017 NACCHO Annual Conference was Public Health and Healthcare Linkages. NACCHO recognized four local health departments as recipients of the award at NACCHO Annual last July. This post share details about the winning LHDs’ work to cultivate strategic alliances to improve population health. Continue reading

LHD of the Year Award Winner Harris County Public Health Focuses on Closing the Gap on Health Inequity in its Community

lhdaward-fornaccho-lowresBy Taylarr Lopez, Communications Specialist, NACCHO

NACCHO is pleased to recognize Harris County Public Health (HCPH) as a recipient of the 2016 Local Health Department of the Year Award. This award recognizes and honors outstanding accomplishments of local health departments (LHDs) across the country for their innovation, creativity, and impact on communities.

HCPH provides comprehensive public health services to Harris County, Texas—the third most populous county in the United States. It has an annual budget of over $80 million and a workforce of more than 700 employees.

HCPH’s serves approximately 2.2 million people within the county’s unincorporated areas and 33 independent municipalities (excluding the city of Houston). For certain public health services such as mosquito control, Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part A, and refugee health, HCPH’s jurisdiction encompasses the entirety of the county, including the city of Houston, for a total population of more than 4 million. Continue reading

LHD of the Year Award Winner, the Kansas City Missouri Health Department, Works Toward Health Equity and Social Justice

lhdaward-fornaccho-lowresBy Taylarr Lopez, Communications Specialist, NACCHO

NACCHO is pleased to recognize the Kansas City (MO) Health Department as a recipient of the 2016 Local Health Department of the Year Award. This award recognizes and honors outstanding accomplishments of local health departments (LHDs) across the country for their innovation, creativity, and impact on communities.

Kansas City, MO, is a diverse urban community in the heart of the Midwest with a population of 459,787 people. The Kansas City Missouri Health Department (KCMOHD) has protected the population’s health for 150 years and operates with a mission to promote, preserve, and protect the health of Kansas City residents and visitors. KCMOHD employs 200 staff through various programs, some which are active in both Missouri and Kansas. Programs and services strive to prevent illness and injuries, improve health services, enforce public health laws, and support policy development to build a healthier community. Continue reading

Rural LHD Achieves Operational Excellence through Employee Recognition, Productivity Tracking, and Prevention Initiatives

By Lindsay Tiffany, Communications Specialist, NACCHO

Janet McAlister, Director, Giles County Health Department

Janet McAlister, Director, Giles County Health Department

Giles County Health Department (GCHD) is a rural local health department (LHD) in southern Tennessee. The county has a population of approximately 29,000. The department directly serves around 3,500 clinical patients per year, providing daily care for residents of Giles County and surrounding counties as needed. GCHD offers services such as Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), family planning, sexually transmitted disease screening and treatment, immunizations, and well-child check-ups. Continue reading