What's new at the Health Department?
Open Data project
The Health Department is working with the City Manager's Office on a project to make public City data more easily accessible by integrating interactive maps into web pages and using open data catalogues. The first two pages with these maps are now live online.
Please bear with us as new suite numbers and signage are being posted around the Health Department. Suite numbers will be changing with the new signs. Until the conversion is complete, the old suite numbers are still posted above the suite entrances, while the new suite numbers and signage (including Braille numbering) are next to the doors.
In late 2012, the Public Health logo was added to the large north-facing atrium window and to the smaller window above the main department entrance.
Health Department information is available in several forms of social media. Follow the Health Department on Facebook and Twitter. The Health Department now posts informational videos and public service announcements on Youtube.
Several Health Department programs also have a facebook page, including:
The Health Department has partnered with Charlie's Safe Haven to develop Charlie's House to be built at Safety Street. The new facility will be used to model for parents and prospective parents steps they can take to make their homes safer for their children.
The Health Department proudly announces the following awards:
The Health Department's communications team received two national recognitions for the National Association of County and City Health Organizations in 2012. NACCHO named the team's collaboration with nine other metro area health departments on maintaining a joint regional news release protocol to be a national "Model Practice." They named team's policy to provide an initial response to media calls to our dedicated 24/7/365 media pager within five minutes to be a "Promising Practice". Both of these practices help the Department assure that quality public health information is being made available to the public through our colleagues in the media.
The Health Department campus went fully smoke-free in July 2009. The building interior has been non-smoking since it opened in 1997.
The smoke-free zone includes the parking lots (no smoking in cars parked in the lots), the Safety Street property, and the stretch of lawn from Troost Ave. to Campbell on 24th St., and from 24th to 24th Terrace on Campbell.
The policy forbids any lit tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars and pipes.