Public Health

Covid-19

Amarillo Public Health is responsible for promoting and protecting health while preventing disease with integrity and compassion for our community. Each of the accomplishments this year have been with this mission in mind. For the past six months, Amarillo Public Health has served our community through COVID-19 response. Drive through testing, provider communication, contact investigation, patient monitoring, and meeting social needs of patients has been top priority. The 39 full time staff at public health surged to 90 and will continue to serve our community through vaccine distribution and recovery.

40-90

Temporary Staff

39

Full-Time Staff

6500

contact investigations

32,500

contact tracing

8,632

Total drive through tests
Phone calls from March 1-October 8

By the numbers

14,481

Total Call Center Calls

78,448

Public Health Front Desk Calls

271,806

Total Individual Calls

152,802

Public Health Contact Investigation

26,075

Patient Monitoring Team

1,941

Total Calls Per Day

With the constant background of COVID-19

Amarillo Public Health have dreamed big dreams

  • We were awarded an HB13 grant to partner with Family Support Services, creating the first LOSS Teams in the Panhandle, reaching survivors of suicide bringing hope and resources in a time of loss.
  • We were awarded a grant from DSHS focusing on chronic disease prevention, hiring two new team members.
  • We provided hundreds of car seats (installed professionally) and cribs to families.
  • We are the only Hansen’s disease (leprosy) clinic from Arkansas to Denton.
  • We love taking care of our TB, STD, Refugee, and Immunization patients and have missed them during the COVID-19 response.
  • Our team members chair the Panhandle Child Fatality Review Team, Amarillo Area Suicide Review Team, and are members of the PASO Board, Panhandle Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition, Head Start Health Advisory Committee, Panhandle Suicide Prevention Coalition, Panhandle Infection Control, and so many others.
  • Casie Stoughton is the president of the Texas Association of City and County Health Officials starting Oct 1.

Thank You

Host Banks

Amarillo’s community banks are part of the foundational grid that makes our city a wonderful place to live, work and play. Amarillo’s future is tied to their leadership and the investments they make every day. Thank you to our Host Banks for funding Amarillo’s State of the City event and for all they do to help Amarillo and our people grow to their fullest potential.