Department of Public Health awarded Gold & Silver!

Last week, the Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) received 7 gold and silver awards (see the list below); walking away with the most In-house Production awards. The winners of the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) Awards of Excellence in Public Health Communications were announced during the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing and Media.

Grady College faculty members, the Athens Health Network’s executive director and a senior communications specialist at the CDC judged more than 275 entries; submitted by public health officials, journalists and media relation agencies from around the nation. Judging criteria included quality of writing, effective use of graphics, review of hard copy materials and supporting documents, along with the overall impact and results of each project.

“This is a great opportunity to surface and recognize the best work in public health on the communications front,” commented Glen Nowak, director of Grady College’s Center for Health and Risk Communication.

Nowak also said involvement from the college provides a great resource that can be used as teaching aids of examples of how health departments are handling health issues through communications. OCDPH is honored to receive these nationally recognized awards and to be a model for others. We are so proud to share the ways in which Ottawa County employees, community partners and county residents work together to address health concerns within our communities. One of our department’s goals is to effectively communicate important health messages and empower people towards solutions that may provide a better quality and length of life.

Congratulations to everyone who was a part of the funding, development, implementation and promotion of each project! Every person worked diligently, with thoughtfulness and a passion to touch and change lives!


GOLD – Annual Reports and other Major Reports

OCDPH Annual Report

GOLD – Brochures

OCDPH ecoOttawa booklet

GOLD – Health Literacy

OCDPH Nutrition Options for Wellness (NOW) program (Pages 7-8)

SILVER – Annual Reports and other Major Reports

Ottawa County Youth Assessment Survey Report

SILVER – Graphic Specialty Projects

OCDPH Wear One campaign

SILVER – Graphic Specialty Projects

OCDPH Brand Guidelines

SILVER – Media Kits

Stair Week Media Toolkit (2013 version entered)

BRONZE – Graphic Specialty Projects (2013)

OCDPH Beach Health campaign


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