WASHINGTON – The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has been awarded the Achievement Award of the National Association of Counties in the health category for the program "A Hepatitis A Crisis: Protecting Our Communities".
The award recognizes innovative, effective district government programs that strengthen services to residents.
"Public Health works with local residents, community organizations, government agencies and elected officials to ensure that all people have the resources and opportunities to promote health and prevent disease." said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MD, director of the department.
"Receiving this award is a special honor and honors the efforts of hundreds of our public health colleagues, local cities, hospitals, community agencies and other district offices to provide education, vaccination and environmental protection to address the spread of hepatitis A in LA County to limit, "she said. "I am grateful for the support we have received from everyone involved."
Public health declared a local outbreak of hepatitis A on September 19, 2017. Outbreaks also occurred in the San Diego and Santa Cruz districts, and on October 13, 2017 Governor Brown declared a nationwide hepatitis A outbreak in California.
Most cases of these outbreaks occurred in people who are homeless and / or consume illegal drugs. Although hundreds of cases of hepatitis A in people who are homeless and / or actively using illegal drugs have been seen in neighboring San Diego County, successful measures limited the number of cases in LA County to 18. Public health has local transmission among this group noted ended in LA County, although the nationwide outbreak continues.
NACo President Roy Charles Brooks said, "Counties seize opportunities to provide services more efficiently and build stronger communities every day Achievement Award-winning programs are examples of districts determined to improve services to our residents."  National awards are given in 18 different categories reflecting the large, comprehensive services that the districts offer. The categories include children and adolescents, criminal justice, district administration, information technology, health, civic engagement and many more.
NACo will honor the award-winning counties at their annual conference and exhibition from July 13 to 16, 2018 in Nashville / Davidson County Tennessee
The Department of Public Health is committed to protecting and improving health by over 10 million Residents of Los Angeles County. Through a variety of programs, community partnerships and services, public health monitors environmental health, disease control and community and family health. Nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health covers nearly 4,100 employees and has an annual budget of $ 1 billion.
To learn more about Los Angeles County Public Health, visit http://www.PublicHealth.LACounty.gov, and follow LA County Public Health on social media at twitter.com/LAPublicHealth facebook.com/LAPublicHealth and youtube.com/LAPublicHealth.
The National Association of Counties unites America's 3,069 district governments. Founded in 1935, NACo brings County officials together to engage with a united voice for national politics, exchange ideas and develop new leadership skills, pursue transformative county solutions, enrich the public's understanding of the district government and exemplary leadership exercise in the public service. Learn more at www.naco.org.