When the vision to consolidate three health departments became a reality, Public Health 3.0 was fully realized in Winnebago County.
When Washington and Ozaukee counties in Wisconsin merged their health departments, the result was an infrastructure that supports “modern” public health practice and maximizes all available resources.
Recognizing great potential for mutual benefit, county commissioners in neighboring Hinsdale and Mineral counties agreed to merge their two health departments, forming the Silver Thread Public Health District.
The governing boards of five counties in Minnesota unanimously lent their support to the continued exploration of a new entity that would eventually be known as Horizon Public Health.
In 2011, the Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Bureau received a CDC grant to closely examine their internal processes, so they could regionalize their work and combine individual contracts, with the ultimate goal of better addressing chronic disease prevention and health promotion at the local level.