Phil Maytubby, Advocate of the Year

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The advocacy work of Phil Maytubby with the Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD) has supported efforts that brought the Surgeon General to a hosted symposium at OCCHD and continues to provide the platform for legislative visits, events, 2 committees, nationwide presentations and policy revisions focused on public health strategy. Mr. Maytubby has taken an active role in leading conversations to advance policy and decision making the state capitol. At the forefront of these dialogs, he led the team that presented health outcome data at a legislative breakfast, utilizing GIS mapping targeted at the district level. Information was distributed to all members of Congress in attendance to provide insight unique to their areas of responsibility, on health status and opportunities to integrate public health promotion. By establishing common data points with elected officials, OCCHD launched innovative programming strategies to address local and nationwide health crises, such as the opioid epidemic and public health resource sustainability, which Mr. Maytubby is greatly engaged in.

“You could not give a more meaningful award to those of us that are tasked with protecting our people from disaster and disease,” said Maytubby. “The most effective actions we can perform are to ensure accurate and effective policy when it comes to protecting our citizens and providing services to those that we serve. The Board of Health and Executive leadership at Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD)are always seeking effective change through policy and we actively pursue this goal. NACCHO has been instrumental in advocacy by placing subject matter experts in the position to educate congress on what we do and why we do it and it is highly effective! I greatly appreciate and value this award and consider this to be a team award for OCCHD. Thanks for all of assistance that NACCHO has provided.”

Mr. Maytubby is a pivotal member on the National Association of Counties (NaCo), NACCHO Big Cities Preparedness Group, the PHEP Impact Workgroup, the State Representative for the NACCHO Preparedness Policy Advisory Group, and the NACCHO local representative for the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Emergencies.

This excerpt is from a press release by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).