Collaborative Earns CCHD and GFC Award

For the past several years, the Cascade City-County Health Department (CCHD) and the Great Falls Clinic (GFC) have worked closely on projects, including the community flu shot clinics. On April 23, 2013 the agencies were recognized for their collaborative work by receivingThe Lighthouse Award for Innovation and Excellence in Immunization. This award is presented to an immunization clinic in Montana in recognition of an outstanding immunization project. The award recognizes immunization strategies that are evidence based, evaluated for success, and those that have the ability to be implemented or replicated in other clinics. CCHD and GFC received this recognition for their work on the 2012 CommunityDrive Through Flu Shot Clinic.

The annual Community Drive Through Flu Shot Clinic is one example of how CCHD and GFC work hard to make immunizations as convenient and accessible to the public as possible. During the 2012 Drive Through Clinic, 772 individuals received their influenza vaccination from the comfort of their own vehicle. This is also an opportunity for CCHD, GFC, and other partner agencies to test and exercise their plans for responding to a large scale public health emergency. Alicia Thompson, Health Officer for CCHD states, “True collaboration that results in positive outcomes is key to a strong and successful Public Health System. I am truly grateful to live and work in a community that is moving forward and embracing the ever increasing pressure to show active, successful collaboration!”

Another example of a collaborative event will take place on August 13th at the Montana Expo Park Four Season’s Arena. From 10am to 4pm, CCHD will be providing immunizations to anyone 0-18 years old, and Great Falls Clinic Family Medicine providers will be available to provide required sports physicals. With the school year approaching, this will be a great opportunity for parents to get their children vaccinated and/or sports physicals in one convenient location.