LHD of the Year Winners
NACCHO is proud to announce the 2013 LHD of the Year Award Winners. After receiving an overwhelming number of applications and after review selected a winner in each of the three size categories (small, medium, large). Each of the three finalists in the small, medium, and large category showed creativity, innovation, sufficient evidence of outcomes and impact on the community, and collaboration with partners, community and key stakeholders.
Small LHD of the Year Winner 2013
Crook County, located in the geographic center of Oregon, encompasses 2,982 square miles with a population of 20,855 and has one main city, Prineville, with a population of 10,000.
Crook County Health Department is located in Prineville and serves a rural/frontier population. Prineville is the oldest community in central Oregon, and one of the state's first incorporated cities. Crook County and the City of Prineville's origins are tied to agriculture, forest products, the railroad, and manufacturing. The economic downturn hit Crook County hard; the county consistently has the highest unemployment rate in the state.
Crook County Health Department serves a population that is 87 percent Caucasian, seven percent Latino, and four percent other. The department employs 13.75 people full-time, has a budget of over $1 million, and provides all essential public health services as required by Oregon state law.
In addition, the department worked with community partners to sponsor a school-based health center run by the local federally qualified health center. The public health staff are dedicated to serving the community and have been very engaged in healthcare reform in central Oregon. More »
Medium LHD of the Year Winner 2013
The Gaston County Health Department (GCHD) is the governmental public health agency for Gaston County, NC, which is immediately west of the city of Charlotte.
Once a rural and small-town manufacturing community, portions of the county are transitioning into suburban communities, especially along the Interstate-85 corridor that leads into Charlotte.
The health department’s approximately 200 employees serve the county’s 212,000 residents through food and lodging inspections, issuing well and septic permits, health promotion programs, and at three clinical locations that provide immunizations, pediatric care, family planning, full-service maternity, WIC, laboratory, and sexually transmitted infection care. GCHD treated nearly 19,000 unique patients last fiscal year (July 1, 2011–June 30, 2012).
Once one of the nation’s largest textile manufacturing counties, the demise of the American textile industry and the tradition of youth quitting school to work in the textile mills has left Gaston a legacy where 80 percent of residents over age 25 are high school graduates and only 16.9 percent have a bachelor’s degree. Limited education is also reflected in the 15.3 percent of total county residents and the 20.4 percent of children who live below the federal poverty level. The median household income is $40,674. More »
Large LHD of the Year Winner 2013
Denver Public Health (DPH) is a local health department that is committed to promoting, improving and protecting the health and well-being of the residents of Denver and beyond. DPH does this by partnering with Denver’s diverse communities on education and health promotion activities, direct clinical care, and other disease prevention services.
DPH serves the 634,265 residents of the City and County of Denver along with providing many services to a larger community of about 2.9 million residents within the seven-county Denver metro area.
DPH, which has about 150 employees, offers services in the areas of sexually transmitted disease (STD) screening and treatment, family planning, immunizations, tuberculosis screening and treatment, tobacco cessation and education, health promotion and active living, worksite wellness, preconception health education, vital records, and HIV/AIDS primary care. DPH also has informatics, preparedness, an epidemiology and surveillance departments, and an STD/HIV Prevention Training Center.
DPH is a department within the Denver Health (DH) organization. DH is an integrated, efficient, high-quality healthcare system that serves as a safety net institution for Denver County. DH consists of approximately 5,500 employees and provides care to around 150,000 Denver County residents annually, which is about 25 percent of the population. More »