Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department earns national achievement award
WASHINGTON - The Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department has been recognized with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents.

Washington County and Ozaukee County regionalized public health services in 2016 with the formation of the Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department. The Counties collectively serve 220,000 residents. NACo is recognizing the new entity and its efforts to promote intergovernmental cooperation and coordination in addressing shared problems.  This is the only program in Wisconsin to be recognized by the organization in 2018 and the first ever Achievement Award given to a Wisconsin County in the category of Health. 

"We are honored to be recognized by the National Association of Counties (NACo) naming our initiatives with exceptional efforts throughout the nation," stated Health Officer Kirsten Johnson.  This is the only program receiving

NACo President Roy Charles Brooks said, "Counties seize opportunities to deliver services more efficiently and build stronger communities every day. Achievement Award-winning programs are examples for counties that are determined to enhance services for our residents."

Nationally, awards are given in 18 different categories that reflect the vast, comprehensive services counties provide. The categories include children and youth, criminal justice, county administration, information technology, health, civic engagement and many more.

NACo will recognize award-winning counties at its 2018 Annual Conference and Exposition July 13-16 in Nashville/Davidson County, Tennessee.

Started in 1970, NACo's annual Achievement Awards program is designed to recognize county government innovations. Each nominee is judged on its own merits and not against other applications received.

Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department Annual Report

CONTACT: Fred Wong , NACo
CONTACT: Kirsten Johnson, Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department

The National Association of Counties (NACo) unites America's 3,069 county governments. Founded in 1935, NACo brings county officials together to advocate with a collective voice on national policy, exchange ideas and build new leadership skills, pursue transformational county solutions, enrich the public's understanding of county government and exercise exemplary leadership in public service. Learn more at