The National Association of County and City Health Officials honored health departments across the United States for their outstanding achievements demonstrating innovative ways to improve public health and safety.

Among  Model Practice Awards Winners is Okaloosa County Health Department for its program of "Integrating Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Services into a Clinical Work Environment for HIV Prevention."

NACCHO President Umair A. Shah recently presented the organization's awards during its annual conference.

Shah said, “We applaud the passion, ingenuity, and success of this year’s award winners. They exemplify what’s best about local health departments around our nation. These dedicated professionals help millions of Americans live safer, longer, and healthier lives.”

The conference's theme was Operational Excellence in Public Health.