23 Agencies Achieve Project Public Health Ready (PPHR) Recognition

NACCHO’s Project Public Health Ready (PPHR) recognized 30 local and regional health agencies for their ability to plan for, respond to, and recover from public health emergencies. Seven agencies from Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, Tennessee, and Texas earned PPHR recognition for the first time, and 23 agencies from Virginia, Florida, Arizona, Minnesota, and Idaho achieved PPHR re-recognition status. PPHR recognition reflects an agency’s dedication necessary to complete the application process and commitment to public health preparedness. NACCHO extends its congratulations to the following 30 agencies for their exceptional accomplishment:

  • Coconino County Public Health Services District, AZ
  • Florida Department of Health in Bradford/Union County, FL
  • Florida Department of Health in Broward County, FL
  • Florida Department of Health in Gadsden County, FL
  • Florida Department of Health in Hernando County, FL
  • Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County, FL
  • Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County, FL
  • Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County, FL
  • Florida Department of Health in Sumter County, FL
  • Florida Department of Health in Walton County, FL
  • Public Health – Idaho North Central District, ID
  • Southeastern Idaho Public Health, ID
  • New Orleans Health Department, LA
  • Macomb County Health Department, MI
  • Hennepin County Human Services Public Health Department, MN
  • Northeast Tennessee Regional Health Office, TN
  • Tennessee Department of Health – South Central Region, TN
  • City of El Paso Department of Health, TX
  • Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services, TX
  • Cumberland Plateau Health District, VA
  • Crater Health District, VA
  • Fairfax County Health Department, VA
  • Pittsylvania – Danville Health District, VA
  • Prince William Health District, VA
  • Richmond City Health District, VA
  • Roanoke City and Alleghany Health District, VA
  • Southside Health District, VA
  • Thomas Jefferson Health District, VA
  • West Piedmont Health District, VA
  • Western Tidewater Health District, VA

PPHR is a competency-based training and recognition program that assesses preparedness and assists local health departments, or groups of local health departments working collaboratively as a region, to respond to emergencies. It builds preparedness capacity and capability through a continuous quality improvement model. The PPHR criteria are national standards for local public health preparedness and are updated annually to incorporate the most recent federal initiatives. Each of the three PPHR project goals—all-hazards preparedness planning, workforce capacity development, and demonstration of readiness through exercises or real events—has a comprehensive list of standards that must be met in order to achieve PPHR recognition.

Each of the three PPHR project goals—all-hazards preparedness planning, workforce capacity development, and demonstration of readiness through exercises or real events—has a comprehensive list of standards that must be met in order to achieve PPHR recognition.

When an agency achieves PPHR recognition this status lasts for five years.  Agencies have the opportunity to be re-recognized using the re-recognition criteria.  The re-recognition criteria are also comprised of three project goals—all-hazards preparedness planning, workforce capacity development, and demonstration of readiness through exercises or real events.  In addition to these goals, the re-recognition criteria focus on updates and changes made to their plans over the last five years.  Re-recognition highlights the continuous quality improvement process by requiring applicants to demonstrate changes and updates made to their plans based on exercises, real events and evaluations.

NACCHO extends its congratulations to those recognized and re-recognized agencies.  They join the ranks of nearly 450 local health departments that have been PPHR recognized individually or as part of a region.

For more information on Project Public Health Ready, please visit our website at www.naccho.org/PPHR or contact pphr@naccho.org.

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