Public Health Departments Get Nods For Novel Data Use

Anthony Brino | Government Health IT | July 18, 2013

Three local health departments in Oregon, North Carolina and Colorado have won awards from the National Association of County and City Health Officials [NACCHO] for data- and IT-driven projects in sustainable transportation planning, health disparity reductions and mobile immunization collections.

The Crook County Health Department, in central Oregon, won the small region award for designing a pedestrian and bicycle safety health impact assessment as part of a 20-year transportation plan with the county’s lone city, Pineville.

Serving a county of roughly 20,000 with a full-time staff of 13 and a $1 million budget, the Crook County Health Department compiled a health impact assessment as a part of work with the Pineville city council and community groups in a bid to expand sidewalks and bike-friendly roads in response to population health problems.