BLOUNTVILLE — The Sullivan County Regional Health Department has been recognized by the National Association of County and City Health Officials for its ability to plan for, respond to, and recover from public health emergencies, Department Director Gary Mayes said last week.
That recognition came after a nearly yearlong effort by the department’s staff, and ranks Sullivan County Regional Health Department among less than 400 health departments to attain the distinction from 2,800 health departments in the nation.
It means the department demonstrated the necessary capabilities to meet the comprehensive preparedness benchmarks required by Project Public Health Ready, a unique partnership between NACCHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Sullivan County Regional Health Department is among the four health departments that are the first in Tennessee to hold the distinction.
The others are the East and Upper Cumberland regional health offices, along with the Jackson-Madison County Health Department.For an expanded version of this article, please see Monday's print edition or our expanded electronic edition.