Louisville Department of Public Health & Wellness Honored for Excellence in Public Health

July 09, 2020

One of 21 Nationwide to Receive NACCHO’s “Model Practice Award” in 2020

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Louisville (July 9) – Louisville Department of Public Health & Wellness [LMPHW] was honored with the 2020 Model Practice Award by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). The award celebrates local health departments for developing programs that demonstrate exemplary and replicable best practices in response to a critical local public health need. LMPHW’s Root Cause Team & Skill Set Lab Organizational Structure was one of 21 local health department programs to receive NACCHO’s prestigious Model Practice Award.


In January 2018 Dr. Moyer directed LMPHW to undertake a new strategy and organizational alignment to achieve better health outcomes in the community.

LMPHW transformed its public health practice from the more traditional public health education and promotion activities of the past several decades to focus on addressing root causes of health instead of health outcome-based programming. 


This new organizational alignment created an expanded Center for Health Equity staff and organized those staff members into Root Cause Teams (RCT) and Skillset Labs (SSL). These teams have used strategic community engagement, data collection and analysis, and policy development to address the social determinants that shape health. LMPHW staff members have been working to improve health outcomes in the areas of Early Childhood Development, Criminal Justice, Housing & Economic Development, Food & the Built Environment, Environmental Equity, and Social Connection.


The goal of the new structure is to improve the staff’s ability to work collaboratively across the department, other local government agencies, and the greater Louisville community to create a Louisville where every person and every community can thrive.


“We are proud to receive NACCHO’s Model Practice Award. The award reflects the important work our staff are leading and innovating in partnership with the community to improve the health of everyone in Louisville so each of us can have a fair and just opportunity to be healthy," said T Gonzales, Director of the Center for Health Equity.


Since 2003, NACCHO’s Model Practice Awards have honored programs, resources, and tools that demonstrate how local health departments and their community partners can effectively collaborate to address local public health challenges. Each innovative project receiving the Model Practice Award was peer-reviewed and selected from a competitive group of over 100 applicants.


LMPHW’s Root Cause Team & Skill Set Lab Organizational Structure is now part of an online, searchable database of successful public health practices in areas that range from immunization and maternal and child health, to infectious diseases and emergency preparedness. The NACCHO Model Practice database allows local health departments, public health partners, and other important stakeholders to learn about the good work being done by local health departments across the country.  The database also provides users an opportunity to learn from best practices and what resources are needed to implement comparable programs in other jurisdictions that produce results.

Read more about these award-winning programs at https://application.naccho.org/Public/Applications/Search


For more information about Louisville’s Center for Health Equity visit the Center for Health Equity website.


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