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.
Phone calls from March 1-October 8
By the numbers
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.