Crook County awarded Health Department of the Year
By Julie Black
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) announced their first Local Health Department of the Year Awards this July. Only three health departments from across the country, each representing different jurisdiction sizes, were selected. Crook County of Central Oregon was among those chosen for its outstanding local health department achievements.
Crook County won in the small jurisdiction local health department category and was recognized for its innovative use of technology and data to improve the safety and accessibility of walking and bicycle paths. Muriel DeLaVergne-Brown, Public Health Director, “praised the great partnerships with the city of Prineville and Crook County departments.” She also stressed the importance of her “great staff and the work they do every day in the county to improve health.”
The winner of the medium jurisdiction size health department is the Gaston County Health Department, Gastonia, N.C. It was selected for effectively using empirical data to reduce teen pregnancy. Denver Public Health Department, Denver, Colo., won for the large grouping. Denver Public Health was selected for use of mobile technology to improve data capture and processing of immunizations.
The three extraordinary counties were honored during the Grand Award Ceremony at the NACCHO Annual Conference in Dallas on Thursday, July 11. “It was a great honor and says a lot for the ability of small health departments to make a difference in their communities,” DeLaVergne-Brown said.
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