The Sanilac County Health Department was presented with the 2014 Michigan Department of Community Health’s Director’s Award. The Director’s Award was established in 1983 and is presented annually to a local health department in recognition of excellence in public health. The award recognizes local health department’s that have implemented and/or are currently implementing innovative programs or interventions.
The Health Department submitted an abstract that described and highlighted the new Sanilac Child Advocacy Center (CAC) and the CACs partnership with the health department and various other community partners.
Mark Miller, local liaison from the Michigan Department of Community Health made the presentation to Dianna Schafer at the annual Premier Public Health Conference at Shanty Creek on Wednesday October 22, 2014. “Sanilac County should be very pleased and proud to have their local county health department advocating for children who are victims of severe physical and sexual abuse” Stated Miller. Since the Sanilac Child Advocacy Center opened in November of 2013, 72 children have received services.
In addition, the Sanilac County News reported on November 5, 2014 that Sanilac County voters are the first in Michigan to pass a millage to support programs for victims of sexual abuse, child abuse and domestic violence. The S.A.V.E. Partnership millage will help provide funding for the Sanilac Area Violence Elimination Council that operates Eva’s Place Shelter, the Sanilac County Child Abuse Prevention Council, programing to prevent child abuse and neglect and the new Sanilac County Child Advocacy Center which provides forensic interviews and physical exams for victims of Sexual and severe physical abuse.