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Monterey County Health Department Honored for Excellence in Public Health

Two Monterey County Health Department programs to Receive NACCHO’s “Model Practice Award”

Post Date:08/01/2019

Monterey County Health Department was honored with two Model Practice Awards at the 2019 Annual Conference of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). The award celebrates local health departments for developing programs that demonstrate exemplary and replicable best practices in response to a critical local public health need. The Monterey County Food Safety Conference and Monterey County Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute (MEPHLI) are two of 53 local health department programs to receive NACCHO’s prestigious Model Practice Award.

 Model Practices Award
 Environmental Health Director John Ramirez and
Monterey County Director of Health Elsa Jimenez
with NACCHO officials

The Monterey County Food Safety Conference is an annual free conference that focuses on the importance of providing food safety education for the restaurant and food-service industry, at the same time raising the public’s level of confidence in the industry’s commitment to food safety. Each year the conference focuses on a theme based on current topics of concern.  This conference also provides an opportunity to award the Award of Excellence to recognize food facilities that exemplify the establishment of a culture of food safety.  

The goal of MEPHLI is to expand upon staff leadership abilities and competencies to better respond to ever-changing environmental health challenges. MEPHLI program does this by strengthening leadership skills of Monterey County’s environmental health specialists and support staff with hands-on, project-based learning in planning, collaboration, systems thinking, project management and analysis for effectiveness and quality improvement.

“We are proud to receive NACCHO’s Model Practice Awards.  The awards are evidence of our commitment to developing responsive and innovative public health programs that improve the health of local residents,” said Elsa Jimenez, Monterey County Director of Health

Since 2003, NACCHO’s Model Practice Awards have honored programs, resources, and tools that demonstrate how local health departments and their community partners can effectively collaborate to address local public health challenges. Each innovative project receiving the Model Practice Award was peer-reviewed and selected from a competitive group of over 100 applicants.

“We are proud to recognize local health departments who have excelled and developed innovative public health projects that are making local communities healthier and more secure,” said NACCHO’s Chief Executive Officer Lori Tremmel Freeman.  “The 2019 Model Practice Awards are a showcase of the best and brightest in local public health. Winners display a diverse range of topics including issues such as supporting incarcerated moms’ breastfeeding efforts, food safety protections, HIV Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PreP), door to door emergency medication dispensing, sustaining community-based immunizations, prevention of falls in older adults and many more issues.” 

The Monterey County Food Safety Conference and Monterey County Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute (MEPHLI) are now part of an online, searchable database of successful public health practices in areas that range from immunization and maternal and child health, to infectious diseases and emergency preparedness. The NACCHO Model Practice database allows local health departments, public health partners, and other important stakeholders to learn about the good work being done by local health departments across the country.  The database also provides users an opportunity to learn from best practices and what resources are needed to implement comparable programs in other jurisdictions that produce results.

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