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Published on Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Metro Health Honored for Excellence in Public Health

Health Department’s Baby Café to Receive National “Model Practice Award”

CONTACT: Carol Schliesinger, 210-207-8172


SAN ANTONIO (July 11, 2018) – The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) was honored with the Model Practice Award at the 2018 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. Metro Health’s Baby Café was one of 29 local health department programs to receive NACCHO’s prestigious Model Practice Award.


Metro Health’s Baby Café, established in 2013, is a casual, relaxed environment where mom, baby and their support system are able to access the services of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants.  Staff provides information, guidance and a hands-on approach to empower women to gain confidence in their journey to a successful breastfeeding experience.  The atmosphere of Baby Café and the commitment by Lactation Consultants makes it easy to accommodate the needs of breastfeeding women within San Antonio’s diverse community. Women gather to share their experiences and concerns, and consider Baby Café an exceptional place to help them meet the needs of their babies.


“Baby Café is a tremendous resource for our new moms and babies. Receiving this recognition is especially significant to us because the Model Practice designation is determined by our peers. We are very proud to receive this award and are grateful to NACCHO for recognizing great work,” said Dr. Colleen Bridger, director of Metro Health. 


Since 2003, NACCHO’s Model Practice Awards have honored programs, resources, and tools that demonstrate how local health departments and their community partners can effectively collaborate to address local public health challenges. Each innovative project receiving the Model Practice Award was peer-reviewed and selected from a competitive group of more than 100 applicants.


"Today we honor the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District for the exceptional program they have developed to protect their community.  Inventive programs like theirs advance our profession by promoting science and evidence-informed work and we are very pleased to recognize their efforts with this Model Practice Award,” said NACCHO Chief Executive Officer Lori Tremmel Freeman, MBA.


Metro Health’s Baby Café is now part of an online, searchable database of successful public health practices in areas that range from immunization and maternal and child health, to infectious diseases and emergency preparedness. The NACCHO Model Practice database allows local health departments, public health partners, and other important stakeholders to learn about the good work being done by local health departments across the country.  The database also provides users an opportunity to learn from best practices and what resources are needed to implement comparable programs in other jurisdictions that produce results.


Read more about these award-winning programs at For more information about Baby Café, click HERE.



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