Local public health agency program selected for “Model Practice Award” for H1N1 response by the
National Association of County and City Health Officials
SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – Snohomish Health District was honored by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) at its annual conference in Hartford, Conn., on July 21, 2011. NACCHO commended the Health District for developing and implementing a unique H1N1 vaccination delivery program with community partners during the 2009-2010 influenza season.
“Public-private Partnership to Deliver H1N1 Vaccinations in Snohomish County, Washington” was one of 41 public health programs developed by a local health department selected from across the nation to receive NACCHO’s Model Practice Award. Dr. Gary Goldbaum, Health Officer and Director of Snohomish Health District, received the award on behalf of his agency. The Health District also was invited to display a poster summarizing the H1N1 vaccination partnership. [See attachment]
“We are proud to receive NACCHO’s Model Practice Award,” said Dr. Goldbaum. “I hope that other public health jurisdictions will replicate this model and enjoy the same level of commitment that we experienced with our community partners. The collaboration meant we were able to vaccinate more than 25,000 people over two days.”
Nearly 30 agencies supported 10 mass vaccination clinic sites at hospitals, clinics, schools, churches, pharmacies, and even a park. The community partners included local public health, emergency management, hospitals, major clinics, first responders, pharmacies, tribes, and third-party payers.
The Health District’s project was reviewed by a panel of local health department professionals and selected from a field of 130 applications. Since 2003, NACCHO’s Model Practice Awards program has honored initiatives—including programs, resources, and tools—that demonstrate how local health departments and their community partners can effectively collaborate to address local public health concerns. “Public-private Partnership to Deliver H1N1 Vaccinations in Snohomish County, Washington” is now part of an online, searchable database of successful public health practices in areas ranging from immunization and maternal and child health to infectious diseases and emergency preparedness. The NACCHO Model Practice database allows users to benefit from colleagues' experiences, to learn what works, and to ensure that resources are used wisely on effective programs that have been implemented with good results. It also enables NACCHO to share information with key stakeholders and media about the good work being done by local health departments across the country.
“This award puts Snohomish Health District into special company,” said Mayor Mark Lamb, who chairs the Snohomish County Health Board. “The Health District now belongs to a select group of public health departments that exemplify innovative measures to protect and promote the health of communities across the nation.”
Established in 1959, the Snohomish Health District works for a safer and healthier community through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats. Find more information about the Health District at www.snohd.org. NACCHO represents the nation's 2,800 local governmental health departments. These city, county, metropolitan, district and tribal departments work every day to protect and promote health and well-being for all people in their communities. For more information about the NACCHO Model Practice Awards and to view a list of other award winners, go to www.naccho.org.