Worcester County Health Department honored for excellence in public health communication

 Snow Hill, Md. – The National Public Health Information Coalition announced the Worcester County Health department has been recognized in a national competition honoring excellence in public health communication.

“We are extremely proud that the top nationwide voice of public health communication has recognized our work,” said Health Officer Debbie Goeller. “Public health is about preventing illness and injury, and that means educating people to help them understand and reduce their individual health risks.”
 
Worcester County Health Department public information officer Katherine Gunby received the Bronze Award in the In-House Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication Category – Thinking on your Feet for public information efforts during Hurricane Irene.  The submission included internal staff and external public messages such as fact sheets, news releases, Web postings, tweets, and Facebook posts released during the emergency hurricane activation.
 
NPHIC is the leading national organization for public health communication professionals.  NPHIC’s ranks include public information officers, risk communicators and health educators at state, tribal and local health departments across the country. As the recognized voice of public health communication, NPHIC’s award program offers gold, silver and bronze awards in 17 public health communication categories.
 
As a recipient of the NPHIC award the Worcester County Health Department has been designated by an independent panel of judges as among the year’s best in public health communication.
 
Visit NPHIC’s web site www.nphic.org  for more information about NPHIC.
 

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