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Ottawa County health department receives national award

• Apr 21, 2018 at 4:00 PM

The Michigan Public Health Week Partnership, which consists of 10 public health organizations in the state, has presented the Ottawa County Department of Public Health with the 2018 Jean Chabut Health Policy Champion award for achieving the Project Public Health Ready national recognition.

The award showcases the significant accomplishments of individuals or organizations in the policy arena on the local or state level to improve the health and safety of their communities.

“These individuals and organizations have gone above and beyond to improve Michiganders’ health and safety,” said Nick Lyon, director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. “Much of a person’s overall health is determined outside of a doctor’s office, and these award winners have provided opportunities for our state’s citizens to have healthier lives and communities.”

To achieve the national recognition, the Ottawa County department had to demonstrate preparedness and response capability by meeting a comprehensive set of nationally recognized standards. PPHR standards focus on three main goals: all-hazards planning, workforce development, and demonstrating readiness through exercises and real events, and are aligned with federal government requirements and national best practices.

Ottawa County joins more than 400 agencies across the country that have achieved PPHR recognition since 2004.

"I was very proud to accept this honor on behalf of our amazing public health team,” said Lisa Stefanovsky, administrative health officer for Ottawa County. “We strive for excellence in all that we do."

For more information on Project Public Health Ready, visit www.naccho.org/PPHR.

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