Rogers County Health Department Honored for Excellence in Public Health

Local Health Department Program is One of 21 Nationwide to Receive NACCHO’s “Model Practice Award” in 2020

Rogers County Health Department 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. RoCo Fit (Rogers County Fitness Program) was one of 21 local health department programs to receive NACCHO’s prestigious Model Practice Award.

RoCo Fit is a free, fun, multi-faceted twice a year, 12 week fitness program with a walking/running base. Volunteer community mentors lead small groups of individuals through progressive workouts twice a week with the goal of completing a 5k (3.1 mi) mock race. This program has been successful in Rogers County for 10 years and is replicated in several other counties in Oklahoma, with plans to be a state-wide OK Fit program in the future.

“We are proud to receive NACCHO’s Model Practice Award. The award is evidence of our commitment to developing responsive and innovative public health programs that improve the health of local residents,” said Maria Alexander, Administrative Director of Rogers County Health Department.

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.

RoCo Fit 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.

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