Model Practices

​NACCHO strives to recognize the best local public health practices in the country. This is why we created the Model Practices Awards.


NACCHO’s Model Practices Program nationally honors and recognizes outstanding local public health practice and shares the outstanding practices through the Model Practices Database. By submitting a practice, LHDs contribute to the overall improvement of public health through effective evidence-based practice methods.

Model Practices are awarded to local health departments across the country for implementing programs that demonstrate exemplary and replicable outcomes in response to an identified public health need. Promising Practices are exciting approaches and strategies to local public health issues that are on track to becoming Model Practices.

Each program receiving a Model Practices or Promising Practices award was reviewed by a committee of peers, made up of other local health department professionals, and selected from a competitive collection of applications.

All Model Practices winners were recognized at the 2019 NACCHO Annual Conference, July 9–11 in Orlando, during the Grand Awards Ceremony.

You can find a full listing of past Model Practice Awardees in our Model Practices Database.

The practices listed below have been awarded for 2019.

Presented to For an innovative program
Florida Department of Health in Broward County Sealing and Educating All Little Smiles
Florida Department of Health in Pinellas Community Resource Bus
Farmington Valley Health District Building Resilient Schools: A public health approach to address ACEs and support mental well-being
City of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District Neighborhoods Program
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Long Term Care Emergency Management Programs
Salt Lake County Health Department Salt Lake County Health Department's Response to a Hep A Outbreak
Tompkins County Health Department Ithaca College Public Health Initiatives
Boston Public Health Commission QI Program Building a Culture of Improvement
Hennepin County Public Health Public Health/Health Promotion
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health City Collaboration Strategy
Minneapolis Health Department Blueprint Approved Institute
Monterey County Health Department Environmental Health Bureau Monterey County Food Safety Conference
Harris County Public Health Harris County Public Health Disaster Recovery Plan
Cuyahoga County Board of Health Early Ages Healthy Stages: Working Together to Create Healthier Early Learning Environments
Charles County Department of Health Charles County Mobile Integrated Healthcare
Public Health- Dayton & Montgomery County Community Overdose Action Team
Florida Department of Health in Polk County Polk Lab Efficiency Team
Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County Community Partnership
Florida Department of Health in Putnam County Chronic Disease Prevention and Management
Florida Department of Health in Leon County Consolidated Regional Information Technology Support Service Hub
City of El Paso Health/Fire Departments Neighborhood Fire Stations Expand Public Health Services
Detroit Department of Health Emergency Solutions Outreach and Housing Program
Salt Lake County Health Department Determining Programmatic Costs is a Critical Piece In Performance Management
Denver Public Health Public Health Core Competencies
Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County: Community Health  A Community Wellness Program to Address Overweight and Obesity in Hillsborough County, Florida: Get Into Fitness Today (GIFT)
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Special Pathogen Legal Training and Table Top Exercise for Judges and Court Administrators
Florida Department of Health Nassau County Health Department Stop the Bleed
Cobb and Douglas Public Health Partnership between Cobb and Douglas Public MRC & the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for creating continuity during a mass fatality
Columbus Public Health Youth Tobacco Sales Restrictions at Retail Locations: Tobacco 21
Tompkins County Health Department SafeCare Program
Ocean County Health Department Ocean County Overdose Fatality Review Program
Houston Health Department Integrated Care for the Chronically Homeless
Columbus Public Health Columbus CARE Coalition
Tri-County Health Department Aurora Syringe Access Services
Detroit Department of Health iDecide Detroit: Engaging Youth to Reduce Unintended Teen Pregnancy
OKC - County Health Department Vectorborne Diseases Prevention Program in Oklahoma City-County County
Michigan Association for Local Public Health Sustaining Community Based Immunization Action
Harris County Public Health An Integrated Vector Management Approach Towards Emerging Infectious Diseases Prevention in Harris County and the City of Houston
Tri-County Health Department Radiation/Nuclear Disaster Planning for non-EPZs
Florida Department of Health, Volusia County Incentives Tracking System
Monterey County Health Department Environmental Health Bureau Monterey County Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute (MEPHLI)
Alameda County Public Health Department - Nutrition Services Cooking for Health Academy Success
Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County HPV Ambassador Program: A Collaborative Approach to Increasing Vaccination Uptake
Union County Health Department Prevention of Older Adult Falls Through Medication Management and Home Safety Education
Macomb County Health Department Youth Preparedness Program
Garrett County Health Department The Garrett County Planning Tool
Middlesex County Office of Health Services Door to Door Emergency Medication Dispensing
Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County County Health Department
Sutter County Health and Human Services Department-Public Health Branch Supporting Mothers in Jail - No Barriers to Breastfeeding While Incarcerated
Albany County Department of Health Creating Healthy Connections in Albany County, NY
Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County Miami-Dade Test and Treat
Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County PrEPLink: An Active PrEP Referral System
Houston Health Department The Community Care Transitions Program Affecting Positive Health Outcomes in Older Adults
Presented to For an innovative program
Florida Department of Health in Collier County School Health Screeing Team: Quickest Vision Screeners in the State
Detroit Department of Health Lead Primary Prevention Pilot
City of El Paso Department of Public Health Immunization Program
San Francisco Department of Public Health, Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response Complex Coordination: Emergency Planning for Those on Medication-Assisted Treatment
County of San Diego, Public Health Services Department of the Health and Human Services Agency Live Well Community Market Program
DuPage County Health Department The Ask: Partnering to Connect At-Risk Teens with Sexual Health Resources
Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health
Salt Lake County Health Department Building Resilience in a Public Health Workforce: A Model Active Shooter Training and Exercise Program for Responders
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Multi-sectoral approaches to implement healthy food procurement efforts in the food system
Bullitt County Health Department Hepatitis A Vaccination in Correctional Facilities
Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale County Health Departments Integrated Foodborne Illness Investigations: A Model of Epidemiology and Environmental Health Collaboration
Florida Department of Health in Broward County Decrease HIV Risk Through Use of PrEP
Florida Department of Health in Broward County Making a Tobacco Free Florida in Broward County
Florida Department of Health in Broward County MASS (Mammograms After Sunday Service)
Florida Department of Health in Broward County Program Collaboration to Improve HIV Retention in Care
Florida Department of Health in Broward County Protect Your Baby with Shots by Two
Florida Department of Health in Broward County Reducing Community Viral Load through Test and Treat
Florida Department of Health in Broward County Students Preventing Unintentional Drowning
Florida Department of Health in Broward County WIC Fluoride Varnish Program
Harris County Public Health Starting Early: Harris County
Lake County General Health District Operationalizing MRC Volunteers to Implement Matter of Balance
Albany County Department of Health Million Hearts® in Municipalities: Tobacco Cessation in a Mental Health Clinic in Albany County, New York
Tulsa City-County Health Department Blending Nutrition and Education in Schools
Department of Health Hillsborough County Cultivating Successful Leaders (CSL)
Hennepin County Public Health Assessment for and Provision of Essential Services Needs for Individuals in Isolation and Quarantine
Harris County Public Health Public Health -Incident Support Team (PH-IST)
Hennepin County Public Health Survey of the Health of All the Population and Environment (SHAPE)
Florida Department of Health in Saint Johns County St. Johns County Engaging the Community in Health Improvement Planning by Using Evidence-Based Tools
Union County Health Department Small Town, Big Heart: How a Grassroots Effort Changed the Landscape and Health of a Community
Summit County Public Health Tobacco 21
Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County Providing Family Planning Services During Maternal Child Health Field Visits to Enhance Family Services and Improve Outcomes for Mother and Child
Missoula City-County Health Department The Foster Child Health Program
Columbus Public Health Access to Care and Neighborhood Social Work Programs”
Harris County Public Health Creating a Premier One Health Conference
Houston Health Department Cities Changing Diabetes
Chicago Department of Public Health A Learning Collaborative for Health Center Decision Makers and Providers to Increase Capacity for Prescribing Medications to Treat Opioid Use
Florida Department of Health in Seminole County Increasing Vaccination Record Compliance Among Private Schools
Nassau County Department of Health Pharmacy Verification in Nassau County
Howard County Health Department Howard County Health Department
Giles County Health Department RISE Program Giles County Health Department RISE Program
Denton County Public Health Integration of the Dental Services Program
Columbus Public Health - Women's Health & Wellness Center Reproductive Health Services for Women in Treatment
Florida Department of Health in Volusia County The FL Breast and Cervical Canter Enhancement Monitoring System
Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County Building Community Resiliency
Tulsa City-County Health Department Tulsa Area Housing Task Force
Washington County Enhancing Suicide Prevention Through Innovative Partnerships
Monterey County Health Department Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Unit enLACE (Leadership and Civic Engagement) Academy
Monterey County Health Department Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Unit Health Equity Scholars Academy
Nassau County Department of Health Using public health enforcement as an instrument of change: an integrated regulatory/non-regulatory approach
Oakland County Health Division Hepatitis A Outbreak Response
Oakland County Health Division Oakland County
Detroit Health Department Link-Up Rx
OK State Department of Health OK MRC Nurses Unit OKMRC Nursing Student Externship Leadership Development
Macomb County Health Department Addressing a Hepatitis A Outbreak - Collaborative Community Response
Florida Department of Health in Citrus County Citrus County Breaking Barriers to Breastfeeding Support
Harris County Public Health Adoption, Implementation, and Enhancement of Flu Portal, a School Based Online ILI Surveillance Tool in Harris County, TX
City of Minneapolis Health Department Preparedness Habits
Jefferson County Public Health Jefferson County Public Health Just in Time Closed POD Protocol
Monterey County Agricultural Field Toilet Inspection Program
Monterey County Educating and Engaging the Public in Annual Clean Up Day
Monterey County Gold Seal Food Facility Inspection Program
Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County Community Collaboration to Enhance STD Testing at a Juvenile Assessment Center
Carver County Public Health Health Equity Data Analysis
Rappahannock Area Health District Eat Green Fredericksburg
San Bernardino County Department of Public Health Elevated Risk Plan
San Bernardino County Department of Public Health Vector Control Collaboration Efforst Between Agencies in Two States
North Central District Health Department Miles of Smiles Dental Program
Florida Department of Health in Seminole County Promoting an Engaged Workforce
Harris County Public Health Office of Policy and Planning
Nassau County Department of Health Public Health Accreditation: A Model Process for a Model Practice
Nassau County Department of Health Licensing of Petroleum Bulk Storage Tank Conttractors
Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County Mass Casualty Exercise
Anne Arundel County Department of Health Road to Recovery at Ordnance Road Correctional Center
Cobb and Douglas Public Health Promoting Public Health Through an Innovative Mass Media Initiative
Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County Engaging State and Local Officials in Reducing New HIV Infections
Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County Improving School Health Screenings through Collaborative Efforts

If you have any questions concerning the Model Practices program please e-mail practices@naccho.org and a member of NACCHO’s Model Practices team will get back with you.