Dallas County Public Health was honored with the Model Practice Award at the 2017 Annual Conference of the National Association of County and City Health Officials. The award celebrates local health departments for developing programs that demonstrate exemplary and replicable best practices in response to public health needs.


Dallas County’s Health Navigation Program was one of 41 programs to receive this prestigious award.


“Health starts long before we need medical care - health starts in our homes, schools, workplaces, neighborhoods and communities,” explains Kelli Vellinga, Executive Director of Dallas County Public Health. “Many factors throughout life can create stress, cause illness, and limit opportunities for success at school, the workplace and for healthy living. The Health Navigation program addresses these factors by serving as an extension of the medical care you may receive in the hospital or clinic, but our focus is more on transportation, food, housing, employment, mental health services, and other community resources.”


The Health Navigation Program is free and available to all Dallas County residents. If you or someone you know could benefit from Health Navigation, please call 515-993-3750. The Navigators will assess your family’s unique situation and needs, and walk alongside you to help you overcome barriers and access resources.