“We are proud to recognize the 2021 Model and Promising Practice Awards as a showcase of the best and brightest in local public health,” said NACCHO CEO Lori Tremmel Freeman
— Award recognizes best practices in addressing pressing public health challenges —
Washington, DC, July 6, 2021 — Today, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), the voice of the country’s nearly 3,000 local governmental health departments, named its 2021 Model and Promising Practice Award Winners, an annual recognition of local public health best practices. This year, six outstanding local health department programs have been recognized as Model Practices and ten programs have been recognized as Promising Practices. Videos describing the 2021 Model Practices can be found here.
Model Practices are programs demonstrating exemplary and replicable qualities in response to a critical local public health need, and Promising Practices have demonstrated exciting approaches and strategies to local public health issues that are on track to becoming Model Practices.
“While much of the attention has been on the COVID-19 pandemic, local health departments have continued to support their communities across a host of programmatic areas and public health challenges. It is a phenomenal effort on the part of local health departments to be responding to a pandemic and still be innovating, spreading, and sharing best practices in the midst of crisis,” said NACCHO’s Chief Executive Officer Lori Tremmel Freeman. “We are proud to recognize the 2021 Model and Promising Practice Awards as a showcase of the best and brightest in local public health. Winners display excellence in a diverse range of topics including issues such as veterans’ health, overdose prevention, and many more issues.”
Winning projects as determined through a competitive, peer-reviewed process will be added to NACCHO’s Model Practice searchable online database. There, other local health departments can review these best practices and adopt them for use in their community.
2021 Model Practice Awards Winners:
Tri-County Health Department, Healthy Farmer’s Markets
Florida Department of Health in Manatee County, The Power of Partnerships to Address the Opioid Epidemic in Manatee County
Nebraska Association of Local Health Directors (NALHD), VetSET: LHDs readying communities to serve Veterans and their families
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Stop Reinventing the Wheel: Helping Local Health Departments Address the Opioid Overdose Crisis
Summit County Public Health, Managing Asthma Triggers at Home: A collaborative effort
Harris County Public Health, Improving Emergency Response and Efficiency by Developing an Electronic 213 (e213) System
2021 Promising Practice Awards Winners:
Maricopa County Environmental Services Department, Food Safety Classes for Special Needs, High School Students and Non-Profits
Tri-County Health Department, Nurse Support Program
Florida Department of Health in Duval County, A Place-based Approach to Implementation of Duval County’s CHIP
Cobb & Douglas Public Health, Retaining Public Health Professionals
Nassau County Department of Health, Small Tank Closure Program-Online Application
Harris County Public Health, Starting Early: Obesity in the Early Care & the Education Setting
Harris County Public Health, Safe Routes to School: A community-led and data-driven approach to walking and biking to school
Austin Public Health, Shots for Tots/Big Shots Immunization Clinics
Harris County Public Health, PH-IST: Increasing the PHEP Workforce through Structured Cross Training & Exercises
City of Milwaukee Health Department Laboratory, Growing Healthy Soil for Healthy Communities: Launching a Soil Screening Program
If you would like more information on this year’s Model and Promising Practices, please email Model-Practices@naccho.org.
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) represents the nation’s nearly 3,000 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. For more information about NACCHO, please visit www.naccho.org.