ORLANDO, Fla. — North Central District Health Department (NCDHD) in O'Neill was honored with the Promising Practice Award at the 2019 Annual Conference of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).  

Promising Practices are local health departments who have developed exciting approaches and strategies to public health issues and are on the path to the next level of achievement called Model Practices.   

Miles of Smiles was one of 76 local health department programs to receive NACCHO’s prestigious Promising Practice Award. 

Miles of Smiles is a school-based fluoride varnish dental program that was started in 2012 and serves all elementary schools within the NCDHD nine-county health district. 

A public health authorized dental hygienist conducts an oral screening, applies fluoride varnish, educates on oral health and each child is sent home with a toothbrush and toothpaste. More than 50 percent of all the district’s elementary school students utilize this program which is offered to all student’s pre-k through sixth grade. 

 “We are proud to receive NACCHO’s Promising Practice Award.  The award is evidence of our commitment to developing responsive and advanced public health programs that improve the health of our local residents,” said Sara Twibell, NCDHD program coordinator,.

NACCHO’s Promising Practice Awards have honored programs, resources and tools that demonstrate how local health departments and their community partners can effectively collaborate to address local public health challenges. Each innovative project receiving the Promising Practice Award was peer-reviewed and selected from a competitive group of over 150 applicants.

“We are pleased to recognize local health departments striving to develop innovative public health projects to better ensure their communities’ health and safety,” said NACCHO’s Chief Executive Officer Lori Tremmel Freeman. 

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