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Cedar Rapids, IA – Linn County Public Health (LCPH) was honored at the 2018 annual conference of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) with the “Local Health Department of the Year Award – Medium Category”. The award recognizes and honors the outstanding accomplishments local health departments for their innovation, creativity, and impact on their community.
“This award is a testament to the collaborative work that Linn County Public Health has been doing as a community health strategist for years,” said Pramod Dwivedi, Health Director. “Frankly, this national recognition belongs to all of our community partners and my colleagues here at Linn County Public Health.”
The award specifically recognized the State Innovation Model (SIM) community care coordination (C3) project in which partners created a standardized cross-sector referral system to improve health outcomes. The closed-loop referral occurs between health and social service agencies serving residents and creates a “no wrong door” system – allowing agencies to better identify and address social determinants of health issues while reducing the burden on the client to navigate community resources. To date, more than 500 encounters have occurred within the new collaborative platform with more than 18 organizations and 200 end-users who can make and document referrals.
About Linn County Public Health
Linn County Public Health, an agency within Linn County government, serves more than 220,000 residents of Linn County to prevent disease and injury, promote healthy living, protect the environment, and ensure public health preparedness. More information about Linn County Public Health is available online at http://www.linncounty.org/health or by calling 319-892-6000. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LCPublicHealth and follow us on Twitter @LCPublicHealth.
About NACCHOThe National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) represents the nation’s nearly 3,000 local governmental health departments. These city, county, metropolitan, district, and tribal departments work every day to protect and promote health and well-being for all people in their communities. For more information about NACCHO, please visit www.naccho.org.