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Panhandle Public Health District Honored for Excellence in Public Health Local Health Panhandle Public Health District was honored with the Model Practice Award at the 2015 Annual Conference of 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. The National Diabetes Prevention Program in the Panhandle was one of 19 local health department programs to receive NACCHO’s prestigious Model Practice Award. Click here for more information. (Below Image - Tabi Prochazka, National Diabetes Prevention Program Regional Coordinator, receiving the Model Practice Award at the NACCO Annual Conference in Kansas City) 

Tips for Choosing the Best Sunscreen and Being Sun Safe Each year about two million Americans develop skin cancer.  Ultraviolet Rays (UV) from the sun and other sources like tanning beds are the primary case of skin cancer.  Sunscreen manufacturers offer an array of protective products from sprays to wipes, but it can be confusing which one to choose to offer the best protection for you and your family. Click here for more information.'

Panhandle mosquitos tests positive for West Nile Virus Several mosquito pools from the Panhandle have recently tested positive for West Nile Virus. These positive pools give local health departments indicators of the location of the virus and the potential for it to be spread through human contact. Several counties in the Panhandle have been routinely testing sites to trap and monitor mosquitos over the summer months.  Click here for more information.

Panhandle Businesses Profit from Local Wellness Council A local resource to area employers is gaining momentum, providing service to upwards of 50 organizations and reaching nearly 10,000 employees in the Panhandle region. Panhandle Worksite Wellness Council is embarking on its fifth year of providing Panhandle businesses with tools, resources, and strategies for developing employee-driven worksite wellness plans.  The council offers a number of services to area employers with the opportunity for organizations to “pick and choose” what fits their situation and employees best. Click here for more information.

To find out how Funding Public Health protects our communities and kids,saves lives . . . and saves money click here.

 Updated July 27, 2015

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