23 Agencies Achieve Project Public Health Ready Recognition

NACCHO’s Project Public Health Ready (PPHR) has recognized 23 local and regional health agencies for their ability to plan for, respond to and recover from public health emergencies. Sixteen agencies from Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, and Tennessee earned PPHR recognition for the first time, and seven agencies from Virginia 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 23 agencies for their exceptional accomplishment:

  • Florida Department of Health in Bay County, FL
  • Florida Department of Health in Duval County, FL
  • Florida Department of Health in Calhoun County, FL
  • Florida Department of Health in Jackson County, FL
  • Louisiana Office of Public Health Region 4, LA
  • Allegan County Health Department, MI
  • Barry Eaton District Health Department, MI
  • Calhoun County Public Health Department, MI
  • Ionia County Health Department, MI
  • Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department, MI
  • Kent County Health Department, MI
  • Van Buren/Cass District Health Department, MI
  • Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department, TN
  • Tennessee Department of Health-Southeast Region, TN
  • Alexandria Health Department  (Re-Recognition), VA
  • Arlington County Health District (Re-Recognition), VA
  • Chesapeake County Health District (Re-Recognition), VA
  • Chesterfield Health Department  (Re-Recognition), VA
  • Eastern Shore Health District (Re-Recognition), VA
  • Lenowisco Health District (Re-Recognition), VA
  • New River Health District  (Re-Recognition), VA
  • Rappahannock Rapidan Health District (Re-Recognition), VA
  • Virginia Beach Department of Public Health (Re-Recognition), 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.

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





About Rachel Schulman

Rachel Schulman is a Senior Program Analyst for Public Health Preparedness at NACCHO. Her work includes enhancing and recognizing local public health preparedness planning efforts through Project Public Health Ready and building collaborations between public health and emergency management. Twitter: @rms_ph

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