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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 6, 2013

Health Director Dr. Rex Archer receives national recognition

Dr. Rex Archer, director of the City of Kansas City, Mo., Health Department, was recognized yesterday at the American Public Health Association’s national conference with the “Milton and Ruth Roemer Prize for Creative Local Public Health Work.”

The American Public Health Association awards this recognition each year to a local health officer of a county, city or other local government who has demonstrated exceptionally creative and innovative public health work that protects, advances or recovers the health of the general population or special populations.

As part of the selection process, the awards committee reviewed Dr. Archer’s work with national accreditation of local health departments through the Public Health Accreditation Board. The committee also considered his collaborations with community outreach groups like Communities Creating Opportunities and the Metro Organization for Racial and Economic Equity to address social issues that affect public health, and his support for tobacco policy work, LGBT health and innovative Emergency Medical Services protocols in Kansas City.

Recent recipients of this prestigious award include Gretchen Sampson, director of the Polk County Health Department in Wisconsin, Dr. Mitchell H. Katz, then director of the City and County of San Francisco Department of Public Health, and Dr. Thomas Frieden, former director of the New York City Health Department and current director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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