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Posted on: August 27, 2019

Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health Honored for Excellence in Public Health

Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health Promising Practice Award 2019

BISMARCK, ND – Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health (BBPH) was honored with the Promising Practice Award at the 2019 Annual Conference of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). Promising Practices are local health departments who have developed exciting approaches and strategies to public health issues and are on the path to the next level of achievement called Model Practices. Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health’s HPV Quality Improvement Project was one of 76 local health department programs to receive NACCHO’s prestigious Promising Practice Award.


The HPV Quality Improvement Project aimed to increase HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) vaccination rates for BBPH clients through reduction of missed opportunities. The project had 3 main goals:

  1. Reduce missed opportunities by 20% over baseline. A missed opportunity was defined as a patient being seen for any visit during the measurement period who is eligible for a dose of HPV and does not receive it at that visit. (BBPH surpassed this goal and reduced missed opportunities by 86% through implementation of provider prompting at every clinic appointment for adolescents 11-17 years).
  2. Increase rate of HPV series initiation by 10% over baseline. (BBPH surpassed this goal increasing by 46%).
  3. Increase rate of HPV series completion rates in 13-17 year olds by 10% over baseline. (BBPH surpassed this goal with an increase of 17% over baseline).


“We are proud to receive NACCHO’s Promising Practice Award. The award is evidence of our commitment to developing responsive and innovative public health programs that improve the health of local residents,” said Renae Moch, Director, Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health.


NACCHO’s Promising Practice Awards have honored programs, resources, and tools that demonstrate how local health departments and their community partners can effectively collaborate to address local public health challenges. Each innovative project receiving the Promising Practice Award was peer-reviewed and selected from a competitive group of over 150 applicants.


“We are pleased to recognize local health departments striving to develop innovative public health projects to better ensure their communities’ health and safety,” said NACCHO’s Chief Executive Officer Lori Tremmel Freeman.

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