Policy Innovation Awards

In March 2012, the American Public Health Association selected six health departments, out of a pool of 121 applicants, to receive funding to advance an innovative policy approach in response to a critical public health problem in their community.


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See what the winners have been up to! Read a summary of their progress since March.


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Read the press release announcing the winners.


Read a description of the winners.


Read additional background information on the awards, including the RFP and review panel process.


The selected health departments are: 


Cambridge Public Health Department, Cambridge, Mass.

Develop a workplace domestic violence policy at the health department and create a step-by-step Employee Domestic Violence Policy Implementation Guide with companion DVD to help other workplaces develop policies.


Kane County Health Department, Aurora, Ill.

Educate policymakers, planning and development staff, and members of the public regarding the Kane County 2040 Master Plan; and provide resources and technical assistance to municipalities and other public and civic organizations to adopt and begin implementation of one or more of the plan’s high priority health, land use and transportation policy recommendations.


Manatee County Health Department, Bradenton, Fla.     

Develop and adopt a Complete Streets policy to reduce pedestrian and bicycling injuries and increase opportunities for biking and walking.


Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Baltimore, Md.  

Evaluate the Public Health Dental Hygiene Act, a 2008 state law that expanded the role of dental hygienists in providing basic dental care with the goal of providing an effective way to get treatment to kids who are underserved by reducing health care disparities for low-income Maryland populations.  


Public Health – Seattle and King County, Seattle, Wash.

Create a policy environment to expand the use of community health workers who can address and prevent diseases, including finding ways to fund their work, support their training, and cover relevant services as essential benefits.


San Carlos Apache Tribe Department of Health and Human Services, San Carlos, Ariz.    

Develop a tribal public health code that addresses the implementation and enforcement of public health responsibilities and authorities related to infectious diseases.