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Clay County Health Department receives national recognition
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GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- The National Association of Counties (NACo) selected the Clay County First-in-Florida Text for Health Notification Program as the recipient of their 2012 Best in Category Achievement for Health. The award was formally presented at the NACo’s annual conference July 15th. The Association presents awards across 21 categories to innovative programs that modernize county government and increase services to residents.

“This project has been very successful and has been replicated by other county health departments in Florida and across the nation. It is also being piloted by the Florida Department of Health as part of a statewide initiative,” stated Nancy Mills, Health Department Administrator. “Since the majority of our young people use cell phones for calling and texting family and friends, it seemed natural to the health department to adapt to this trend to reach out to our young clients.”

A team of county health department staff, lead by Epidemiology Program Manager, Connie Wolfe developed a health text messaging notification program for department patients aged 15 to 24 years old who are diagnosed with communicable disease. The primary goal was to decrease the time between notification and treatment through efficient use of staff time and technology. The objectives of the Clay CHD project were three-fold. The first was to implement a pilot project in Clay County using text messaging as a timely method to communicate health information. The second was to investigate whether this process could be replicated statewide. The third was to increase awareness of other potential text message applications among Clay CHD partners.

“On behalf of the Clay County Board of Commissioners, I’d like to offer my congratulations to the Health Department on receiving this national recognition.   This award is a testament to the department’s innovative thinking and a great example of their quality improvement efforts to increase patient satisfaction,” stated Board of Commissioners Chairman, Doug Conkey.

 

The Clay County Board of Commissioners will recognize the Health Department at their July 24th regularly scheduled meeting.

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