City of St. Louis Department of Health Wins National Award

28 Jul

City of St. Louis Department of Health Wins National Award

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response presented the City of St. Louis Department of Health with a National Health Security Strategy award on July 12, 2017, during its annual conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Patricia Curtis, Emergency Response Planner for the City of St. Louis Department of Health, accepted the award on the Department’s behalf.

It is imperative during a disaster to have professionals trained to assist residents in the City of St. Louis with their immediate medical needs. A partnership between the City of St. Louis Department of Health and Saint Louis University ensures more than 200 nursing students are trained in emergency preparedness at any point during the academic year. In the event of a catastrophic or bioterrorism event, these students can assist with public health needs.

“The entire region, even the country, benefits from this program because as Saint Louis University nursing students graduate, they take with them important emergency response training which they can use in their medical practice,” says Curtis.

Community partnerships are vital in public health as they increase the opportunities for residents in the City of St. Louis to connect with health-related resources. Nearly 3,000 local health departments comprise the National Association of County and City Health Officials. NACCHO seeks to improve the public’s health while adhering to a set of core values: equity, excellence, participation, respect, integrity, leadership, science & innovation.

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