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Perspectives in Disease Prevention and Health Promotion 1988 Secretary's Community Health Promotion Awards

On June 17, 1988, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the recipients of the 1988 Secretary's Community Health Promotion Awards. Twenty-five programs received the Secretary's Award for Excellence in Community Health Promotion, 101 received the Secretary's Outstanding Community Health Promotion Certificate of Merit, and 56 received the Secretary's Letter of Recognition. All official state and territorial health agencies are invited to participate in the awards program. Criteria for receiving an award include a statement of the problem to be addressed, clear and measurable objectives, a succinct description of the work accomplished, and an evaluation of the project.

Projects considered to be excellent were those that addressed today's leading health problems through various efforts that are listed under the following categories of the 1990 health objectives for the nation (1).


Smoking and Health Springfield, Missouri: Smokeless Squares Bismarck, North Dakota: Tobacco Free North Dakota Accomac, Virginia: Students Teaching Students (STS) Smoking Prevention Program

Misuse of Alcohol and Drugs

Warwick, Rhode Island: Project Safety Nutrition Rockville, Maryland: Eat for Health Physical Fitness and Exercise Atlanta, Georgia: Community Health Assessment and Promotion Project Owensboro, Kentucky: Senior Aquasize Project

General Sac City, Iowa: The Great Sac City Meltdown, Shape Up, and Smoke Out Bangor, Maine: Healthy Heart Program Green Isle and North Mankato, Minnesota: My Health for Better Living Independence, Missouri: I'm/HEP Lincoln, Nebraska: Health Promotion Coalition of Lancaster County Houston, Texas: AIDS--A Guide for Survival Education Project PREVENTIVE HEALTH SERVICES

Cancer Screening and Control Bergen County, New Jersey: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Health Promotion, Specifically Related to a Cancer Detection Program for Women San Antonio, Texas: Cancer Awareness in South Texas

High Blood Pressure Control Savannah, Georgia: Community Cardiovascular Council Cook County, Illinois: Hypertension Compliance Program

Family Planning and Pregnancy and Infant Health Fayetteville, Arkansas: Lincoln School-Based Clinic Denmark, South Carolina: School/Community Program for Sexual Risk Reduction Among Teens HEALTH PROTECTION

Accident Prevention and Injury Control New York, New York: Victims Intervention Project Houston, Texas: Traffic Safety Enforcement and Education Salt Lake City, Utah: High School Safety Belt Program

Fluoridation and Dental Health Fort Defiance, Arizona: Addressing the Oral Health Parity Gap at a Service Unit Dental Program Level Wheaton, Illinois: Dupage Dental Care Referral Program

Toxic Agent Control Mount Clemens, Michigan: Environmental Management and Risk Assessment Program Full descriptions of the programs are available from the respective state health agencies, and descriptive abstracts of all 182 projects are available in the computerized Combined Health Information Database through BRS Information Technologies. In August, a publication describing the Secretary's Health Promotion Awards Program and the awards for 1988 will be available from the Center for Health Promotion and Education, CDC.

This year, CDC initiated a complementary evaluation award program for these projects. The Program Evaluation Award in Community Health (PEACH) is given to projects that most clearly documented their successes and failures in promoting health. At the Health Education/Risk Reduction Conference in Atlanta, May 25-27, 1988, James O. Mason, M.D., Dr.P.H., Director, CDC, presented the PEACH awards to the following programs:

Cook County, Illinois: Hypertension Compliance Program Freeport, Illinois: Smoking Intervention Program for Pregnant Low Income Mothers

Salt Lake City, Utah: Cuisine Fit for Life for Persons with Diabetes Program Reported by: Behavioral Epidemiology and Evaluation Br, Div of Health Education, Center for Health Promotion and Education, CDC. Editorial Note: he Secretary's Community Health Promotion Awards were established in 1982 to recognize the efforts of communities, states, and territories to improve the health of their citizens. This recognition of successful projects promotes them as models for programs in other areas. Interested agencies should contact the local health agencies identified here, or their respective state health departments, for more specific information. Reference

  1. Public Health Service. Promoting health/preventing disease: objectives for the nation. Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, 1980.

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