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SAN ANTONIO (Feb. 8, 2019) – On February 4, 2019 at the Texas Association of City & County Health Officials (TACCHO) 2019 Premier Public Health Conference, Dr. Colleen M. Bridger, San Antonio Metropolitan Health District Director, accepted the prestigious Local Health Department of the Year Award.
TACCHO is the premier member organization serving local public health officials and the departments which they lead in order to enhance public health practice with the goal of improving the health of Texans and the communities in which they live.
Local health departments throughout Texas strive to realize this goal through the prevention of disease and the promotion and protection of the health of all Texans. The TACCHO Local Health Department of the Year Award was established to recognize health departments that go above and beyond the traditional services of immunizations, sanitation and infectious disease. Metro Health’s efforts to be distinctive and trailblazing reflect these changes in the evolution of community health programs and health priorities.
“Credit for this recognition is due to Metro Health’s team of dedicated professionals who work hard every day to implement innovative public health programs and policies that strengthen our community and improve health. We take tremendous pride in being recognized for our unique endeavors this past year,” stated Deputy City Manager, Erik Walsh, who oversees the Health Department.
Metro Health was recognized for a variety of initiatives and policies including being the first City in Texas to pass a Tobacco 21 ordinance, innovative programs to protect women and infant’s health and violence prevention programs through their Stand Up SA program.
“2017 was a great year for public health in San Antonio…from winning the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Prize to the CityHealth Silver Medal for Public Health Policy, we’re doing great things to make lasting improvements to the health of our city,” stated Metro Health Director, Dr. Colleen Bridger.