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Perspectives in Disease Prevention and Health Promotion The Secretary's Community Health Promotion Awards

On June 18, 1986, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), announced the recipients of the 1986 Secretary's Community Health Promotion Awards. Fifty-six programs, representing 29 states and the District of Columbia, were awarded the Secretary's Award for Excellence in Community Health Promotion, and 141 received the Secretary's Outstanding Community Health Promotion Program Certificate of Merit. The Awards are a cooperative effort between DHHS and all official state and territorial health agencies.

A wide range of preventive efforts concerning today's leading health problems were addressed by the projects recognized as excellent--these are listed below under the categories of the 1990 health objectives for the nation (1). HEALTH PROMOTION Smoking and Health

Minnesota Coalition for a Smoke-Free Society by the Year 2000 (Minneapolis, Minnesota). Smokeless Tobacco Education: Trouble in a Pinch (Kansas City, Missouri). Rhode Island Youth Council on Smoking (Providence, Rhode Island). Misuse of Alcohol and Drugs

FACE (Madawaska, Maine). Montana Teenage Institute on Substance Abuse (Helena, Montana). Substance Abuse Prevention Program (Albuquerque, New Mexico). Student Assistance Programs (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). Nutrition

St. Vincent Infirmary/KATV Newscene 7 Colorectal Cancer Screening Project (Little Rock, Arkansas). San Jose Nutrition Education Project (San Jose, California). First Free Cholesterol Screening Project (Grand Island, Nebraska). Medcenter One Diabetes Education Program (Bismarck, North Dakota). Colorectal Cancer Screening Campaign (Portland, Oregon). Physical Fitness and Exercise

Zuni Fitness/Weight Control Program (Zuni, New Mexico). Slim For Life and Slim For Life Plus (Salt Lake City, Utah). Health Maintenance Program of the Honolulu Gerontology Program (Island of Oahu, Hawaii). YMCA Folksmarch (New York City). Mesa Physical Fitness Program (Amarillo, Texas). The Health Education and Physical Fitness Project for Older Adults (Fairfax County, Virginia). General

Contra Costa County Health Services Department Prevention Program (Martinez, California). Elderly Health Screening Service, Inc. (Waterbury, Connecticut). LifeReach (Atlanta, Georgia). Community Care Program (Island of Oahu, Hawaii). Growing Wiser (Boise, Idaho). Health Expo '85 (Sac City, Iowa). Planned Approach to Community Health (PATCH) (Butler County, Kansas). Senior Citizens' Wellness Program--Growing Younger (Butler and Greenwood Counties, Kansas). S.E.L.F. (Sharing, Exercise, Lifestyles, and Fitness)--A Model Worksite Health Promotion Program (Crescent Springs, Kentucky). Ambulatory Diabetes Education and Follow-Up (ADEF) Program (Maine ]statewide^). The Center for Health Promotion--A Rural Health Promotion Project (Lewellen, Nebraska). Scudder Homes Health Awareness Program (Newark, New Jersey). Columbus Satellite Health Program (Columbus, New Mexico). Heart Health in Hamilton County Project (Hamilton County, Ohio). Multnomah County Employee Health Promotion Program (Multnomah County, Oregon). Healthy People Program (Allentown, Pennsylvania). CHIP (Lycoming County Health Improvement Program) (Williamsport, Pennsylvania). Channel 5 Health Fair (Nashville, Tennessee). Health Enhancement Program (Nashville, Tennessee). Health Adventure (Harris County, Houston, Texas). Family High Risk Program (Salt Lake City, Utah). Impedance Screening (Clarksburg, West Virginia). PREVENTIVE HEALTH SERVICES High Blood Pressure Control

Worksite Hypertension Program/Heart Healthy Lifestyles (Hennepin County, Minnesota). Monmouth Hypertension Control Project (M.H.C.P.) Monmouth County, New Jersey). Senior Volunteer Hypertension Screening and Monitoring Program (SVHSMP) (New York City. Family Planning and Pregnancy and Infant Health

Prevention of Teenage Pregnancies (Washington, D.C.). Pregnant Adolescent Group for Education and Support (P.A.G.E.S.) (Lake County, Illinois). Infant Mortality Reduction Program (Bell County, Kentucky, and Claiborne County, Tennessee). Parent Child Task Force (Richmond, Virginia). Immunization

The Immunization Education Program at Oakwood Hospital (Dearborn, Michigan). HEALTH PROTECTION Accident Prevention and Injury Control

Operation Childsaver (Sarasota, Florida). Get Caught Missoula (Missoula County, Montana). Greeneville/Greene County Youth Alcohol Highway Safety Pilot Project (Greeneville, Tennessee). Don't Buck The Odds. Buckle Up (Dallas, Fort Worth Metroplex Area, Texas). Operation Graduation 1985 (Salt Lake City, Utah). Fluoridation and Dental Health

Children's Dental Disease Prevention Program (California ]statewide^). Children's Dental Health Program (Red Wing, Minnesota). Surveillance and Control of Infectious Diseases

Health Promotion in Day Care Settings (Guilford County, Greensboro, North Carolina). Full descriptions of the programs are available from the respective state health agencies; a publication describing the Secretary's Health Promotion Awards Program and the awards for 1986 will be available in July from the Center for Health Promotion and Education, CDC; descriptive abstracts of all 197 projects are currently available in the computerized Combined Health Information Database on BRS Information Technologies. Reported by the Div of Health Education, Center for Health Promotion and Education, CDC.

Editorial Note

Editorial Note: The Secretary's Community Health Promotion Award was established in 1982 to recognize exemplary local community and state efforts to improve the health of their citizens. In addition, explicit identification of successful community projects promotes them as models for efforts in other communities. Projects aimed at risk reduction for chronic diseases, injuries, infant mortality, and others are eligible and have been recognized in the past. Criteria for award include documentation of evaluation of impact on the selected health problems. Interested agencies should contact the community health agencies identified here regarding specific projects or the respective state health department regarding the Secretary's Community Health Promotion Award process.


  1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Promoting health/preventing disease: objectives for the nation. Washington, D.C., U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1980.

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