Leadership Awards

Each year, NACCHO recognizes the remarkable accomplishments of local health departments and health officials through the following awards. Winners are honored at a special ceremony and reception at the NACCHO Annual Conference. For the complete list of 2017 award recipients, click here.

For more information, please contact awards@naccho.org

About the Award

NACCHO’s vision is health, equity, and security for all people in their communities.  Local health departments work daily to realize this vision through their broad mandate for disease prevention, health promotion and health protection. The Local Health Department (LHD) of the Year Award is intended to recognize outstanding work conducted by LHDs around the nation.  It is an opportunity to share the success of our colleagues, and celebrate their achievements in the national spotlight of our annual conference. 

The theme for the 2018 LHD of the Year Award is Chief Health Strategist. Through their leadership and service, the Chief Health Strategist unites community stakeholders and leverages resources to prevent death, disease, and disability; addresses emerging threats to health, security, and equity; and eliminates the social and structural injustices that result in health disparities. The deadline to submit applications for the LHD of the Year Award is Friday, May 4, 11:59 PM PST.

The PDF form can be found here: Lhd Of The Year Award 2018

Eligibility

This award is open only to active (dues-paying) members of NACCHO whose memberships are in good standing. If you are unsure of your membership status, contact membership@naccho.org or call 877- 533-1320.

How to Apply

The successful LHD will be a current, active (dues paying) member of NACCHO. Click here to apply

  • Awards will be based on the quality of the application and achievement(s) described determined solely in the discretion of NACCHO.
  • Separate awards will be granted to LHDs based on population size, i.e., small (<25,000-49,999), medium (50,000-499,999), large (500,000 and above).
  • Up to three awardees (Gold, Silver, and Bronze) will be selected for each LHD size category. Award recipients will be notified in the spring and will be recognized at the 2017 NACCHO Annual Conference.
  • Applicants are required to pay an application fee (one fee per application) to cover administrative and program maintenance costs. Fees must be paid as part of the applicant’s submission process and are based on the size of the LHD—small ($35), medium ($65), large ($95).

For more information, please contact awards@naccho.org


NACCHO remembers Maurice “Mo” Mullet, MD, who passed away on September 7, 2014. Mullet’s distinguished career in public health inspired NACCHO’s “Mo Mullet Lifetime of Service Award,” which honors local health officials for noteworthy service that reflects Mullet’s commitment, vigor, and leadership. To view Mullet’s obituary, click here.

About the Award

NACCHO’s Mo Mullet Lifetime of Service Award honors local health officials for noteworthy service that reflects Mullet’s commitment, vigor, and leadership. Mo Mullet was a NACCHO board member for three years, vice president for four years, and president from 1992 to 1994. During his career, Mullet achieved statewide and national recognition as a leader among local health officials and in the field of public health.

The PDF form can be found here: Mo Mullet Award 2018

Eligibility

The career of the recipient of this award will demonstrate the following achievements:    

  • Leadership among local health departments demonstrated by energetic volunteer service to NACCHO
  • Significant contributions to the field of local public health practice as a leader and representative of NACCHO
  • Commitment, skill, and effort demonstrated on behalf of NACCHO

How to Apply

The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, May 4 at 11:59 PST. Click here to submit your application.

Selection Process: NACCHO’s awards committee will meet in the spring to select a winner. NACCHO will notify the winner in May and recognize him or her at a special ceremony at the NACCHO Annual Conference in July.

For more information, please contact awards@naccho.org

Previous Winners

2017: Marty Wasserman, MD, JD

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2016: Patrick M. Libbey

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2015: Patrick Lenihan, PhD, MUPP

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2014: Joan Ellison, RN, MPH

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2013: Mary Selecky

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2012: Robert Harmon, MD, MPH

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As part of fulfilling its mission as “the voice of local health departments,” NACCHO seeks to recognize outstanding accomplishments related to advocacy and outreach to Members of the United States Congress to better health policy outcomes in calendar year 2017. 

About the Award

Many factors go into policymaking decisions. Successful advocacy does not necessarily mean Congress changed or implemented a policy, law or funding level based on recommendations. However, a successful advocate will develop a meaningful relationship with a lawmaker and their staff, and become a trusted messenger and resource in public health matters. Lawmakers are not experts in public health policy, and they rely on their staff and constituents like local health officials to educate them on policy and fiscal matters in order to craft legislation that keeps Americans healthy and safe. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, May 4, 2018 at 11:59 PST

The PDF form can be found here: 2018 National Advocate Of The Year Award

Eligibility

To apply for this award, applicants must show documentation of their advocacy efforts. One awardee will be selected by the NACCHO Past Presidents Council. Award recipients will be notified in the spring and will be recognized at NACCHO Annual 2018 in New Orleans, July, 2018. There is no requirement to pay an application fee for the submission process

How to Apply

I. Virtual Activities 

  • Wrote and sent a personalized letter to a Member of Congress
  • Talked with Congressional Staff by phone
  • Wrote an op-ed in a local or national publication promoting the work of public health
  • Sent a NACCHO-prepared email to a Member of Congress
  • Posted on a Member of Congress’ Facebook wall

II. Meeting Activites

  • Met with a Member of Congress and/or Congressional staff at their Washington, DC or district office

III. Host Activities 

  • Hosted a Member of Congress and/or Congressional staff at a health department event, such as health fairs, preparedness exercises, etc.
  • Met with one or more Members of Congress and/or Congressional staff at your health department

IV. Cultivate Third Party Validators 

  • Cultivate leaders outside of local health department to speak in support of the department's priorities and/or funding. 

The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, May 4 at 11:59 PSTClick here to submit your application.

Selection Process: NACCHO’s awards committee will meet in the spring to select a winner. NACCHO will notify the winner in May and recognize him or her at a special ceremony at the NACCHO Annual Conference in July.

For more information, please contact awards@naccho.org

Medium: Cherokee County Health Department

Cherokee County Health Department, located in Jacksonville, Texas, appointed it's first public health officer in the late 1800's to address a polio outbreak. The departments mission is, "to prevent disease, promote health, and protect all citizens, utilizing every available resource."  Read more

Large – Gold: Sonoma County Department of Health Services

Sonoma County Department of Health Services in Santa Rosa, California, aims to protect the health and well-being of individuals in the community and provide a wide-range of programs and resources to promote, develop, and sustain healthy living. Read more

Large – Silver: DuPage County Health Department 

DuPage County Health Department in Wheaton, Illinois, provides a wide-range of health services to the community. Their mission is to promote physical and emotional health; prevent illness, injury and disability; protect health from environmental risk factors; and strive to assure the provision of accessible, quality service. Read more

Large – Bronze: Tarrant County Public Health Department 

Tarrant County Public Health Department in Fort Worth, Texas, addresses and prevents public health issues by working together with external and internal stakeholders in an effort to improve the health and satisfaction of county residents. Read more


Model Practices Award: This award honors outstanding local public health practice and shares the outstanding practices through the Model Practices Database. Evidence-based model practices contribute to the overall improvement of public health.

National Health Security Strategy Award: This award recognizes excellence in national health security strategy and implementation.

Samuel J. Crumbine Consumer Protection: This award honors local environmental health jurisdictions that demonstrate unsurpassed achievement in providing outstanding food protection services to their communities.