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Richland County Health Department Receives ASPIRE Award


The Richland County Health Department is proud to announce their selection as one of the sites to receive the inaugural ASPIRE award. The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sponsored an award to announce the Achieving the Social Determinants of Health Population Improvement in Rural Environments (ASPIRE) program. The goal of the ASPIRE award is to recognize excellence in rural communities that are committed to addressing the social determinants of health. The social determinants of health are the conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play that affect health risks and outcomes. Five local health departments across the nation were selected for this award and received $5,000 to help further their work.

The award will be put towards the emotional wellness campaign, an initiative included in the Richland County Health Department Strategic Plan for 2019-2021. Connecting Resources for Emotional Wellness (CREW) is a subcommittee of the Mental Health Local Advisory Council action group that addresses mental/behavioral health issues in the area. CREW’s primary initiatives include an emotional wellness campaign, creating a “No Wrong Door” policy, and coordinating trainings and resources for mental health services. The emotional wellness campaign aims to create an environment that values personal, relational, and community wide emotional wellness and increase the awareness of the importance of emotional wellness, integrate emotional wellness into daily life, and create a resilient community. The Richland County Health Department is grateful for the opportunity to improve the emotional wellness in the area and enhance the quality of life in Eastern Montana.


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