In the NEWS
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.

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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.

County Health Rankings and Roadmaps

March 14 - The 2018 County Health Rankings were released today, with many of TACCHO's local health department members ranking well in health outcomes or health behaviors. Denton County Public Health, a TACCHO member, ranks first out of Texas counties graded in health outcomes. 

"Community health is a grassroots team effort. Ranking first in the state requires the focus of all organizations and residents in Denton County, and we commend our community for attaining this marker of health," stated Dr. Matt Richardson, Director of Public Health. "We at Denton County Public Health are grateful to have partners and leaders who contribute to our well-being as a county." For more information go to


Locally, Williamson County ranked number two and Travis County ranked number eight in health outcomes overall.

The Texas Association of City & County Health Officials (TACCHO) and Texas local health officials are proud to be part of an objective, scientific snapshot of public health trends and indicators, The County Health Rankings (CHRs). The data provided by the CHRs will assist communities in several ways:

·        Inform the public about health using reliable data

·        Inform decision makers and stakeholders on issues/concerns, as well as successes, within a community

·        Assist community conversations on improving health.

In concert with our partners – The Texas Health Institute, Texas Department of State Health Services and the University of Wisconsin - we can use The 2018 Rankings report to bring actionable data and strategies that can be implemented in your community and make it easier for people to be healthy in their homes, schools, workplaces, and neighborhoods.

The Take Action to Improve Health section can help communities see What Works, allowing them to explore evidence informed policies and programs that can make a difference locally. The How to Take Action area helps you find step by step guidance and tools to take action using the data provided by CHRsThe Who to Work With area provides insight on how to identify the right partners and explore tips to engage those partners in your planning and implementation.

You can have an impact on the health of people in your community by taking action using the guidance, tools and resources provided by County Health Rankings and Roadmaps

LHDs in the News

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TACCHO 2018 Premier Public Health Conference Held January 31 - February 1, 2018!

TACCHO held its first Premier Public Health Conference focusing on providing education and networking among local public health professionals.

Keynote speakers included:

-John Auerbach, MBA, CEO, President, Trust for America's Health

-Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH, President, National Association of City & County Health Officials

-Este Geraghy, MD, MS, MPH/CPH, GISP, Chief Medical Officer & Health Solutions Director, Esri

-Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, Former Acting Assistant Secretary of State and Professor of Medicine and Population Health at Dell Medical School

Local public health professionals also provided sessions and posters on topics related to programs and policy at the local level.