Macon County Public Health was honored at the 2014 annual conference of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) in Atlanta with NACCHO’s Local Health Department of the Year Award. The award recognizes and honors the outstanding accomplishments of small, medium, and large local health departments for their innovation, creativity and impact on their community. This year’s winners were recognized for their adoption of outstanding internal or external policies.
Macon County Public Health was selected for this national award for its recent efforts toward establishing a county ordinance limiting the use of tobacco products at county parks and recreation facilities. This step to protect public health, particularly the health of youth, was cited for its innovative involvement of youth, its ability to secure private funding to eliminate costs to the county, and creativity in building community support among the general public and key stakeholders.