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Garrett County Planning Tool Recognized by Health Association

Last Updated on Jul 19, 2019 at 10:10am | Health & Social

Article courtesy of NCWV Media - The Republican. Staff Writer: Renee Shreve.
The Garrett County Planning Tool is among the 2019 Public Health Model Practice winners, the National Association of County and City Health Officials recently announced. NACCHO comprises nearly 3,000 local governmental health departments.
“The 2019 Model Practice Awards are a showcase of the best and brightest in local public health,” stated NACCHO’s chief executive officer, Lori Tremmel Freeman, in the organization’s official announcement.
Representatives from the Garrett County Health Department accepted the award during the annual NACCHO Public Health Conference in Orlando, Fla.
The Garrett County Planning Tool, located on, is a nationally recognized public health innovation developed by the Garrett County Health Department’s Population Health, Innovation and Informatics Unit under the direction of founder and Garrett County Chief Health Strategist Shelley Argabrite.
“A national Model Practice designation recognizes that our work is not only meaningful on a local level, but can drive policy across a broader stage,” said Garrett County Health Officer Bob Stephens.
He said the Garrett County Health Department’s Population Health, Innovation and Informatics Unit works tirelessly behind the scenes to develop innovative practices to improve equity and create regional systems and partnerships in the promotion of overarching population health.
“We are grateful for this national honor, and committed to continuing to make Garrett County a healthier place to live, work and play for everyone,” Stephens said.
The Garrett County Planning Tool was previously recognized as a 2018 Promising Practice by NACCHO, 2018 Outstanding Rural Health Achievement by the Maryland Rural Health Association, 2017 Outstanding Team Innovation by the Maryland Department of Health and was a significant factor in promoting Garrett County in its successful bid to become the first Culture of Health community in Maryland.
The Garrett County Planning Tool has also been replicated in five communities across the United States, and secured multiple rounds of grant funding and investment in Garrett County, according to GCHD.