The Broome County Health Department is shining bright with pride as it receives recognition from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) for its exceptional commitment to planning for, responding to, and recovering from public health emergencies.

Through the esteemed Project Public Health Ready (PPHR) program, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the health department has showcased its preparedness prowess, joining a distinguished group of over 550 local health departments nationwide.

"I couldn't be prouder of our team for achieving this high level of preparedness," shared Mary McFadden, the Director of Public Health for Broome County. "We are dedicated to continuously improving our ability to swiftly and effectively respond to any public health crisis that may impact our community."

Earning PPHR recognition is a testament to the Broome County Health Department's comprehensive emergency response planning and the expertise of its staff, ensuring the community's health is safeguarded during challenging times. By meeting the stringent national standards for public health preparedness, set forth by PPHR, the department has proven its commitment to excellence in emergency readiness.

However, what truly sets the Broome County Health Department apart is its collaborative efforts. Working hand-in-hand with state, local, and community partners, the department has crafted plans prioritizing the welfare of every individual within the community. This inclusive approach ensures that all constituents are considered in emergency response strategies, creating a stronger, more resilient support network.

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Lori T. Freeman, NACCHO's Chief Executive Officer, highlighted the pivotal role of local health departments in building healthy, resilient communities that can effectively navigate through disasters. Applauding the Broome County Health Department's dedication to public health emergency preparedness, Freeman reinforced the importance of their efforts in promoting health equity and strengthening disease prevention initiatives.

As local health departments nationwide become part of NACCHO's advocacy efforts to improve public health policies and programs, the recognition of Broome County Health Department through the PPHR program stands as a testament to their unwavering commitment to the well-being of the community. It is a celebration of their dedication, resilience, and tireless efforts to ensure the safety and health of all residents in Broome County.

Here's to the team at Broome County Health Department, who have demonstrated exceptional preparedness, compassion, and dedication to keeping our community safe!

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