The DuPage County Health Department has been honored with two awards from the National Association of County and City Health Officials and a National Public Health Information Coalition communication award, according to a Health Department news release.
The National Association of County and City Health Officials recognized the DuPage Narcan Program with a Model Practice Award, which recognizes local health departments for developing programs that demonstrate exemplary and replicable best practices in response to a critical local public health need, the release stated.
The DuPage Narcan Program, which was created in 2013 in response to an increase in heroin-related deaths in DuPage County, is the first countywide overdose prevention program in Illinois to be approved by the Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse. Narcan, also known as naloxone, reverses the effects of heroin and other opioids when administered, according to the release.
The Health Department also was recognized by the national association among large health departments serving more than 500,000 residents with the Silver Local Health Department of the Year award.
The National Public Health Information Coalition presented the Bronze Award for Excellence in Public Health Communication in the “Thinking on Your Feet – Real Time Risk Communication” category to the Health Department for communication preparedness that translated into a successful emergency response action, the release stated.
The coalition recognized the department’s communications with external and community partners during a multi-state outbreak of Seoul virus affecting 17 people in seven states in early 2017, according to the release.