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4/7/2015 - Health & Partners Recognized for Model Practice

COUNTY HEALTH AND PARTNERS RECOGNIZED BY NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTY AND CITY HEALTH OFFICIALS

Cumberland County, NJ – The Cumberland County Health Department was recently notified that the National Association of County and City Health Officials have selected the “South Jersey Mobile Unit Task Force” as a Model Practice.

            County Health Officer Megan Sheppard said, “The selection of this program as a model practice means that it demonstrates exemplary and replicable qualities in response to a local public health need”.

             The “South Jersey Mobile Unit Task Force” is a program that was developed by the Cumberland County Department of Health’s Environmental Unit in conjunction with the surrounding County Health Departments to form a Regional Mobile Food Vendor Task Force.  Mobile vendors approved through this program can move from jurisdiction to jurisdiction without having to re-apply for approvals everywhere they go. 

             Cumberland County Freeholder Liaison to the Board of Health Carol Musso said, “We are so pleased that this program has been selected as a model for others to emulate.  Anytime we have the opportunity to streamline the process and eliminate the red tape, we are making a difference.  I applaud the work of our County Health Department staff, specifically Environmental Health Coordinator Kim Bell and Principal Registered Environmental Health Specialist Kathy Gandy for being collaborative, as well as creative”.

            Board of Health Co-Liaison Darlene Barber said that approximately six counties and the City of Vineland are currently participating in the program”. She said, “The program will save mobile vendors money and will also save staff time for the respective health departments by eliminating the duplication of services.  That is a win-win for everyone”.

            The National Association of County and City Health Officials will recognize the Cumberland County Board of Health and all of its participating partners during their Annual Conference at the Grand Award Ceremony on July 8, 2015.