Source The Innovative Practice Awards honor local health departments that developed “innovative programs to meet the needs of their community during the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to the release. The designation of honorable mention “demonstrates a high level of program innovation and reflects collaboration, adaptability and program resilience,” the release added.
“Providing fruits and vegetables to at-risk families during the COVID-19 crisis” was one of 15 local health department programs around the nation to receive NACCHO’s honorable mention designation for the 2021 Innovative Practice Award. “We are the only health department in Michigan to receive such an award this year. The award is evidence of our commitment to developing responsive and innovative public health programs that improve the health of local residents.”
The Ionia County Health Department used a grant from the Ionia County Community Foundation to partner with Feeding America West Michigan and Zion United Methodist Church in Ionia to operate a curbside food pantry during the pandemic. “We are proud to receive NACCHO’s Honorable Mention designation for the 2021 Innovative Practice Awards,” stated Ionia County Health Officer Ken Bowen.
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