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Florida Health Nassau County is a Recognized Public Health Ready Health Department

June 25, 2018

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN NASSAU COUNTY PROTECTS NASSAU COUNTY FROM EMERGENCIES AND DISASTERS THROUGH NATIONAL “PUBLIC HEALTH READY” RECOGNITION PROGRAM

Yulee, Fla.– Florida Department of Health in Nassau County (DOH-Nassau) has been recognized by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) for its ability to plan for, respond to, and recover from public health emergencies. DOH-Nassau demonstrated these capabilities by meeting the comprehensive preparedness benchmarks required by Project Public Health Ready (PPHR), a unique partnership between NACCHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. DOH-Nassau joins a cohort of 500 local health departments across the country that have been distinguished for excellence in preparedness through PPHR, either individually or as part of a region.

“We are proud to have been recognized by Project Public Health Ready for our high level of preparedness,” said Eugenia Ngo-Seidel, MD, MPH, DOH-Nassau Director. “We will continue to improve our ability to quickly and effectively respond to any public health crisis in Nassau County.”

PPHR recognition confirms that DOH-Nassau has a thorough and coordinated emergency response plan in place and that staff have the training to protect the health of the community during an emergency. Local health departments recognized by PPHR undergo a rigorous evaluation by peer review to assess their ability to meet a set of national standards for public health preparedness. These standards align with federal government requirements and other national best practices.

PPHR recognition also requires health departments to collaborate with their state, local, and community partners to develop plans that account for all the constituents in their jurisdictions. DOH-Nassau works in collaboration with local governments, non-profit organizations, health care facilities, business groups, schools, faith-based organizations and many other stakeholders to help each other in a time of duress.

“When disaster strikes, it affects local communities, and local health departments are a critical part of any first response to disease outbreaks, emergencies, and acts of terrorism,” said NACCHO Chief Executive Officer. “NACCHO commends DOH-Nassau for being a model of public health emergency preparedness.”

NACCHO, the voice of the 2,800 local health departments across the country, provides resources to help local health department leaders develop public health policies and programs to ensure that communities have access to vital programs and services that people need to keep them protected from disease and disaster. Its mission is to be a leader, partner, catalyst, and voice for local health departments in order to ensure the conditions that promote health and equity, combat disease, and improve the quality and length of all lives.

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For more information on Project Public Health Ready, including recognized sites, project tools, and resources, visit http://www.naccho.org/PPHR .