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DoH-Manatee Recognized for Protecting Community from Emergencies and Disasters

By Christopher Tittel

October 21, 2022

DoH-Manatee Recognized for Protecting Community from Emergencies and Disasters 

Contact:
Christopher Tittel
Communication Director, DOH-Manatee
(305) 924-6839

 

Bradenton, FL – The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) has recognized the Florida Department of Health in Manatee County (DOH-Manatee) for its ability to plan for, respond to and recover from public health emergencies.

 

DOH-Manatee demonstrated these capabilities by meeting the comprehensive preparedness benchmarks required by Project Public Health Ready (PPHR), a unique partnership between NACCHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

DOH-Manatee joins a cohort of more than 520 local health departments across the country that have been distinguished for excellence in preparedness through PPHR, either individually or as part of a region.

 

“This community is a leader in emergency preparedness — in public health, in public safety and in other disciplines,” said DOH-Manatee Health Officer Dr. Jennifer Bencie. “Still, the most important factor in determining whether we succeed in responding to an emergency will be the actions of our citizens in advance planning, cooperating with authorities and helping each other in a time of disaster.”

 

PPHR recognition confirms that DOH-Manatee has a thorough and coordinated emergency response plan in place and that staff have the training to protect the health of the community during an emergency. Local health departments recognized by PPHR undergo a rigorous evaluation by peer review to assess their ability to meet a set of national standards for public health preparedness. These standards align with federal government requirements and other national best practices.

 

PPHR recognition also requires health departments to collaborate with their state, local and community partners to develop plans that account for all the constituents in their jurisdictions.

 

“Public health preparedness planning, response and recovery begin at the local level. Local health departments play an essential role in creating healthy, resilient communities that can respond to and recover from disasters,” said Lori Tremmel Freeman, Chief Executive Officer. “NACCHO commends the Florida Department of Health in Manatee County for being a model of public health emergency preparedness.”

 

NACCHO, the voice of the nearly 3,000 local health departments across the country, provides resources to help local health department leaders develop public health policies and programs to ensure that communities have access to vital programs and services that people need to keep them protected from disease and disaster. Its mission is to be a leader, partner, catalyst and voice for local health departments in order to ensure the conditions that promote health and equity, combat disease and improve the quality and length of all lives.


For more information on Project Public Health Ready, including recognized sites, project tools, and resources, visit http://www.naccho.org/PPHR.

 

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