Henrico Health Department noted for emergency preparedness efforts by national organization

The Henrico County Health Department has been recognized by the National Association of County and City Health Officials for the local health district’s preparations for managing a potential public health emergency.

The Henrico department has received the five-year Project Public Health Ready designation for its planning efforts and for its demonstrated capabilities for responding to a public health emergency, marking the third time the department has earned the designation.

A peer review determined the department had met a set of national standards for public health preparedness, had developed a comprehensive emergency-response plan and had trained staff to protect the community’s health during an emergency.

“The Project Public Health Ready designation is a seal of approval for the Henrico Health Department and recognizes this agency’s high level of preparedness,” said Dr. Danny Avula, director of the Richmond City and Henrico County health departments. “It indicates the ability of our staff to respond quickly and effectively in the event of a public health crisis and to provide the best service possible to the Henrico community.”   

Project Public Health Ready is a joint initiative of the National Association of County and City Health Officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Henrico is one of approximately 520 local health departments nationwide to receive the designation. Additional information is available at naccho.org/PPHR.

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