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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.

Applications for the 2020 Local Health Department of the Year, the Maurice "Mo" Mullet Lifetime of Service, and the National Advocate of the Year awards are expected to open no later than March 31, 2020.

Descriptions for each award, including eligibility and submission requirements, are listed below. For more information, please contact

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 NACCHO’s annual conference.


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 or call 877-533-1320.

How to Apply

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

  • Awards will be based on the quality of the application and achievement(s) described determined solely at the discretion of NACCHO.
  • Separate awards will be granted to LHDs based on population size, i.e., small (<25,000–99,999), medium (100,000–399,999), large (400,000–749,999); and extra-large (750,000 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 2019 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), and extra-large ($125).

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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.

Full details, including a preview of the application questions can be found here: Maurice "Mo" Mullet Lifetime of Service Award Application Preview.


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 award recipient will be selected in the spring and recognized at the NACCHO Annual Conference.

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Previous Winners

2019: Carol Moehrle, RN, BSN

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2018: Rex Archer, MD, MPH

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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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The National Advocate of the Year Award recognizes outstanding accomplishments related to advocacy and outreach to Members of the United States Congress to better health policy outcomes.

About the Award

Various elements affect policymaking decisions, and successful advocacy is not measured solely on the passage of a new law or funding level. Instead, a successful advocate is one who develops a meaningful relationship with a lawmaker and their staff and becomes a trusted messenger and resource in public health matters. Lawmakers are not necessarily experts in public health policy, and they rely on their constituents, including local health officials, to educate them on important health policy and fiscal matters. These relationships are key to informing their policy positions and their votes.


Eligible applicants are any local health department staff. To apply for this award, applicants must show documentation of their advocacy efforts. The awardee(s) will be selected by NACCHO’s Past Presidents Council and will be notified in the spring. The awardee(s) will be recognized at NACCHO Annual. There is no application fee for the submission process.

How to Apply

Applicants are asked to provide a detailed yet concise description (1,000 words maximum) of their advocacy work to address public health issues at the federal level. NACCHO members may nominate another NACCHO member or themselves. Winning applications should include at least one of the following:

I. Virtual Activities

  • Wrote and sent a personalized letter to a Member of Congress
  • Talked with Congressional Staff by phone
  • Tweeted at a Member of Congress
  • 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 Activities

  • Met with a Member of Congress and/or Congressional staff at their Washington, D.C. 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

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Small Category

Bernards Township Health Department, New Jersey
Laurel County Health Department, Kentucky

Medium Category

Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, Illinois

Large Category

Dakota County Health Department, Minnesota
Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County

Extra Large Category

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, California
Salt Lake County Health Department, Utah

Small Category

Lincoln County Health Department

Medium Category

Fulton County Public Health Department
Kansas City, Missouri Health Department
Linn County Public Health

Large Category

Baltimore City Health Department
Erie County Department of Health
Nassau County Department of Health

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. Learn more about this award and search the database.

National Health Security Strategy Award: This award recognizes excellence in national health security strategy and implementation. The application deadline is April 27. Learn more and apply today.

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.

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