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PHAB Awards National Public Health Accreditation to Texas LHD!

Alexandria, VA, November 30, 2018 -- Around the nation, public health departments are on the front lines of protecting and improving the health and safety of people and communities. Committed to achieving the highest standards of public health practice, a growing number of health departments are choosing to have their work reviewed against the rigorous national standards of the nonprofit, non-governmental Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). This week, PHAB announced it has awarded national accreditation status to nine more health departments. Accreditation formally recognizes that a health department has demonstrated the capacity and commitment to improve the conditions in which the community can be healthy.          

This week's accreditation announcement means that 73 percent of the U.S. population is now served by a health department that meets PHAB's national standards for delivering quality programs and services to its community. 

Harris County Public Health (HCPH) was awarded a five-year accreditation status this past week. HCPH joins five other local health departments in Texas who have achieved this national accreditation:

  • Austin Public Health
  • Dallas County Health & Human Services
  • Houston Health Department
  • Tarrant County Public Health
  • Williamson County and Cities Public Health District

You can learn more about Harris County Public Health 


Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program Launches New Game App: Mosquito Mayhem

 November 9, 2018

Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program Launches New Game App: Mosquito Mayhem

The Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program at Fort Bend County Health & Human Services has developed a mobile app in cooperation with Zco Corporation to create public awareness of mosquito breeding conditions and ways they can be eliminated. Mosquito Mayhem provides a fun and exciting way to learn about the routine activities people can do to control the attack and breeding of mosquitoes around their home.

"This app is a great way to introduce public health to the new generation of mobile users. It will engage our youngest residents of the county and hopefully instill good mosquito preventive habits," said Dr. M. desVignes-Kendrick, Local Health Authority and Director of Fort Bend County Health & Human Services.

For more information, see press release.

San Antonio Metropolitan Health District Recognized as RWJF 2018 Culture of Health Prize Winner

September 2018

San Antonio is one of four winners of the 2018 Culture of Health Prize, awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) chosen from nearly 200 applicants. San Antonio's award-winning efforts include citywide, all day Pre-K, a municipal court that helped decriminalize truancy statewide, a mental health unit within the police force and an "equity-lens" citywide budget for the last two years. Judge's also applauded San Antonio's wealth of data-driven collaborations for education, teen pregnancy prevention and homelessness. The distinction comes with a $25,000 prize and the opportunity to connect with officials from communities that previously won the award.

For more information click here


TACCHO Holds Advocacy Briefing at the Texas Capitol!

 April 4, 2018

TACCHO Members held an Advocacy Lunch Briefing at the Texas Capitol on April 4, 2018. State policy makers and staff heard how local public health protects the public's health everyday with their work in infectious diseases, preparedness and response and emerging health crisis.

Topics included:

  • How Local Health Departments serve as the Chief Health Strategist in their community by collecting, reviewing and publishing various data points that identify health issues for the communities they protect.
  • LHDs ensuring that health equity is considered during the planning and implementing of policies and programs.
  • The importance of immunizations to prevent and control infectious diseases from spreading throughout the community.
  • The role of public health in addressing the emerging opioid crisis.
  • A LHD story of being in the eye of Hurricane Harvey and the preparedness and response actions by local public health staff.

 More information on each member of TACCHO can be found by scrolling down the webpage and looking under About TACCHO.