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About 2019 Local Health Department of the Year Award

NACCHO’s vision is health, equity, and security for all people in their communities. Local health departments work daily to realize this vision through their broad mandate for disease prevention, health promotion, and health protection. The Local Health Department (LHD) of the Year Award is intended to recognize outstanding work conducted by LHDs around the nation. It is an opportunity to share the success of our colleagues and celebrate their achievements in the national spotlight of NACCHO’s annual conference.

The theme for the 2019 LHD of the Year Award is, “Improving Public and Private Partnerships.” Cross-sectoral partnerships are the cornerstone of effectively improving health outcomes in communities throughout the nation. When LHDs engage partners and stakeholders across multiple sectors, they can better leverage resources to prevent death, disease, and disability; address emerging threats to health security, and eliminate the social and structural injustices that result in health disparities. The deadline to submit applications is Sunday, May 5, 2019, at 11:59 PST.


This award is open only to active (dues-paying) members of NACCHO whose memberships are in good standing. If you are unsure of your membership status, contact or call 877- 533-1320.

A winning application will outline how to build a broad base of public and private support; and develop constituencies that can contribute knowledge, connections, resources, and financial support to further enhance community and population health. Strong applications will feature a combination of strategies and accomplishments. Examples of health department approaches and activities that may be included in submissions for this award are presented below.

  • Highlight strategies that identify formal and informal partners and stakeholders, develop new partnerships, build consensus, and align resources to achieve shared goals to improve population health and public health overall; demonstrate the integration of evidence-based practices in the approaches taken that derive from scientific research as well as public health practice informed evidence;
  • Enhance public health system transformation with the community, business sector, and stakeholders through coordinated efforts to identify and address issues affecting community health;
  • Illustrate successful examples of collaborations for conducting health impact assessments, community health improvement plans, community health assessments, and campaigns that reduce or eliminate poor social and economic conditions for marginalized groups in a community;
  • Explain how the local health department is involved in their state and local initiatives to transform the healthcare system in ways that impact public health outcomes, (e.g., serving on population health councils for State Innovation Model initiatives, and providing community outreach and referral services to link community members to health exchanges);
  • Demonstrate collaborative approaches to the delivery of clinical care with an emphasis on strengthening the preventive aspects of medicine, disease control measures, and collection and use of data to effectively target and deliver health and public health services;
  • Showcase proven techniques that enhance the capacity of the local health department and other organizations in the community to conduct research and share knowledge about their communities in effective ways; and
  • Discuss examples of building trust between the local health department, stakeholders, and other community partners to effect real, lasting change that brings people together to solve health problems and improve population health.

The Application Process


The successful LHD will be a current, active (dues paying) member of NACCHO. Click here to apply

  • Awards will be based on the quality of the application and achievement(s) described determined solely in the discretion of NACCHO.
  • Separate awards will be granted to LHDs based on population size, i.e., small (<25,000–99,999), medium (100,000–399,999), large (400,000–749,999); and extra-large (750,000 and above).
  • Up to three awardees (Gold, Silver, and Bronze) will be selected for each LHD size category. Award recipients will be notified in the spring and will be recognized at the 2019 NACCHO Annual Conference.
  • Applicants are required to pay anapplication fee (one fee per application) to cover administrative and program maintenance costs. Fees must be paid as part of the applicant’s submission process and are based on the size of the LHD—small ($35), medium ($65), large ($95), and extra-large ($125).

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