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 awarded practice was reviewed by a committee of peers, made up of other local health department professionals, and selected from a competitive collection of applications.

The 2023 Model Practices Program applications deadline has ended. Awardees will be announced at this year's NACCHO360 Conference in Denver, CO. The 2024 Model Practice Applications will open again in the Fall of 2023.

To learn more about the award and the application cycle, please view the recording of our 2023 Model Practice informational webinar HERE.

We are proud to announce our 2022 Model and Promising Practice awardees. These award-winning practices were submitted by local health departments during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To read about innovative practices during COVID-19, check out our Innovative Practices awardees.

The full database of past Model Practice winners can be found on our application website. Click around to see winners from previous years and read their project descriptions.

If you have any questions concerning the Model Practices program please e-mail [email protected] and a member of NACCHO’s Model Practices team will get back with you.

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