The Department of Public Health has been recognized as the 2020 Local Health Department of the Year Award by the Texas Association of City & County Health Officials (TACCHO).
“This accolade could not come at a better time for us as a City Department,” Resendes said. “We are working late hours and shifting responsibilities across the board to prepare for the novel coronavirus and El Paso’s response. To be able to step back for just a second and realize that our work is appreciated helps our team better focus on the difference we are making.”
The application of the award centered on the work that takes place year-round to provide quality health services to the binational border region. The recognition comes as the Department worked exceptionally hard on improving the lives of the residents of the Sun City.
The application also highlighted the end of the El Paso measles outbreak, the Department’s national recognition for its vaccination success, and its response to the August mass shooting.
The Texas Association of City & County Health Officials (TACCHO) is the premier member organization serving both Texas local public health officials and the departments, which they lead in order to enhance local public health practice in Texas with the ultimate goal of improving the health of Texans and the communities in which they live.
TACCHO members advocate for the health and well-being of all of those who choose Texas as their home. TACCHO members educate all interested stakeholders on local public health through research, data, and personal stories, helping our partners better understand what it means to live in Texas.
Public Health Director Robert Resendes, Mary Ann Gallegos, Acting Deputy Director, and Laura Perez, Public Health Aide attended the annual Premier Public Health Conference, where they accepted the award.