Anne Arundel County has won two 2022 NACo Achievement Awards in County Resiliency and Health categories.
The National Association of Counties (NACo) is pleased to announce the winners for the 2022 Achievement Awards. All winners are available in our searchable awards database, where winning programs are searchable by year, category and state dating back to 2009.
Anne Arundel County’s Bureau of Watershed Protection & Restoration (BWPR) implemented its Full Delivery of Water Quality Improvements (“Turnkey”) Program in 2017 to expedite the process of restoring our local waterways and driving down costs through public-private partnerships. This program, which funds design-build-maintain contracts to private firms that result in the construction of cost-effective stormwater Best Management Practices, has become a pillar in the County’s progress toward achieving the goals of our NPDES MS-4 permit and the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) requirements. The Turnkey Program has created a resilient and cost-effective pipeline of restoration projects that ensure the County’s local tax dollars are being invested towards a sustainable future. Innovative public-private partnerships facilitated by the Turnkey Program help to expedite the process of restoring Anne Arundel County’s waterways.
The Mobile Integrated Community Health program (MICH) has been successfully operating since 2020. This collaborative effort between the Anne Arundel County Fire Department (AACoFD), Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities (DoAD), Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center, and University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center intends to decrease avoidable 911 utilization and emergency room visits by aligning citizens with appropriate resources to better manage their healthcare needs and improve their overall quality of life. Our team operates with a Registered Nurse (RN), a Licensed Social Worker (LMSW) and Nationally Registered Paramedics (NRP) in order to bring a holistic approach to patient-centered care. The team has provided interdisciplinary case management, home-bound vaccines, remote patient monitoring, disease education, telehealth appointments, and connection to county resources for over 400 individual referrals since the program’s inception. The MICH program ensures our citizens receive the right care, at the right place, and at the right time, all while reducing avoidable 911 utilization by 70% and quantifying a multi-million dollar cost savings to local resources.