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Session Recap: Closing General Session

Closing General Session
11:45 AM–1:00 PM

Lillian Shirley, NACCHO President, opened the closing session by informing the audience that while Richard Blumenthal, Rosa DeLauro, and John Larson, all of Connecticut, had been planning to attend today’s closing session, they were unable to come as they are in Washington working with Congress to raise the debt ceiling. She then proceeded to call NACCHO conference attendees to action. She told us that in order to move public health forward in these challenging times, we must increase our visibility and advocacy efforts with Congress, telling stories that show why public health is an important and essential investment.

Bobby Pestronk...

Sharing Session Recap: Making the Most of Meaningful Use: Enhancing Surveillance with Syndromic Surveillance Standards

Making the Most of Meaningful Use: Enhancing Surveillance with Syndromic Surveillance Standards
8:00–9:00 AM

During this session, participants learned about meaningful use, the opportunities for public health surveillance, and how integrating syndromic surveillance standards, recommended by the International Society for Disease Surveillance and supported by CDC’s BioSense Program, can enhance agency capability.
Charles Ishikawa, Program Manager for Public Health Practice at the International Society for Disease Surveillance, presented a background on understanding meaningful use in relation to public health. Meaningful use came out of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) as a means to develop infrastructure to improve...

Sharing Session Recap: LHDs vs. the Economy: Survival of the Fittest

LHDs vs. the Economy: Survival of the Fittest
10:30–11:30 AM

At today's session, NACCHO hosted a conversation with local health officials about budget cuts and job losses at the local level and are they "fit" enough to make it through the current economic climate. About 30 local health officials shared their stories about the impact of the economic pressures on their health departments and communities. One health official said that she is optimistic and another said that LHDs are "right-sizing" their organizations. Some health officials expressed that they don't see the end of budget cuts and still have concerns, city cuts, state cuts and now federal funding cuts.

Carol Moehrle, NACCHO Past President, facilitated the...

Today's Closing Session

Closing General Session
11:45 AM–1:00 PM

The closing general session, which takes place in Ballroom A/B in about an hour, will begin with opening remarks from NACCHO President Lillian Shirley and ASTHO President John M. Auerbach. A panel of key Senate and Congressional representatives will provide attendees with important perspectives from their regions and districts: Richard Blumenthal, United States Senator for Connecticut; Rosa L. DeLauro, Congresswoman for the Third District of Connecticut; and John Larson, Congressman for the First District of Connecticut.


Sharing Session Recap: Public Health Accreditation: Improving the Quality of Services

Public Health Accreditation: Improving the Quality of Services
10:00–11:30 AM

During this sharing session, Dr. Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN, President and CEO, Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), announced that PHAB will release the date of the fall launch next week and assured that PHAB is building staff and surge capacity so there is no barrier to accepting all eligible applicants. Dr. Bender provided an overview of the newly released official PHAB materials, including the two most anticipated documents: the Guide to National Public Health Department Accreditation Version 1.0 and the PHAB Standards and Measures Version 1.0.  An audience member commented that their health department has been following PHAB and was pleased to see the PHAB...

Attend Tonight’s Model Practices Reception

Meet the great minds behind the innovative best practices found in the Model Practices Database at the Model Practices Reception, which will be held tonight from 5:00–7:00 PM. The reception is sponsored by the Kresge Foundation and will be held at the Marriott Ballroom C. All conference attendees are invited to attend and network at this event, which will also feature poster presentations.

Visit the Model Practices Database for more information about Model Practices.

General Session Recap

Lillian Shirley, incoming NACCHO president, introduced today's opening general session at 8:15 AM by explaining that NA11 will showcase LHDs addressing the all-too-common economic challenges faced by public health this year. Shirley introduced Hartford's mayor, Pedro Segarra. He thanked participants for choosing Hartford and described the city's innovations in public health.

The session's first speaker, Jewel Mullen, MD, MPH, MPA, is Connecticut's state health commissioner. She encouraged participants to not simply think about how to "cut the pie differently" to ensure public health receives funding for its work, but also to think about how to "make the pie bigger" so the field can adequately address all the determinants of health. She commended Connecticut's governor, Dannel P....

Sharing Session Recap: Setting Standards to Advance Injury and Violence Prevention in LHDs

Setting Standards to Advance Injury and Violence Prevention in Local Health Departments
12:30–3:30 PM

Given the public health burden of injuries and violence, LHDs play a critical role in protecting and improving community safety in coordination and collaboration with local, state, and national efforts. Recognizing this, NACCHO, along with partner organization, Safe States Alliance (SSA), and a hardworking group of LHD representatives, created a tool to help LHD IVP programs review current efforts and identify potential areas for strengthening programs and for future program growth.

This pre-conference session publically launched the “Standards for Local Health Department Injury and Violence Prevention Programs (S& I)”...

NA11 Social Events

Get away for a Night of Laughs at the Brew Haha Comedy Club
Wednesday, July 20, from 8:00–9:30 PM

Enjoy two comedy performances and grab a bite to eat following the President’s Welcome Reception. The Brewery Café City Steam is situated in the Cheney Building—one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in the United States. Hartford Steam has engineered a way to run steam pipes into the brewery café, enabling the café to power their 15-barrel brewery with “city steam.” You can see the steam firsthand when they blow their antique steamwhistles.

With its upscale casual menu and an extensive collection of home-brewed and local beer, City Steam has something for everyone.

Tickets are available for $10 per...

Attend the President’s Reception Tonight

Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and good company in at the President’s Welcome Reception in Exhibit Hall B at 5:30 PM this evening. Join your colleagues for networking and conversation and view products and services offered by nearly 100 exhibitors in a festive and welcoming atmosphere. Stop by the NACCHO booth to pick up a copy of the latest NACCHO publications. If you’re interested in finding out how you can use social media, chat with staff at the Social Media Desk.

QR Codes: I’m Supposed to Scan that with My Phone

Don't mistake that matrix looking box for a piece of art. A quick response code aka a "QR code," is a functioning two-dimensional code that can be scanned by a smart phone with a camera. Some smart phones require that you download software to scan the code, while others have it pre-loaded (for a list of popular apps, visit http://bit.ly/1dUIpu).

Aim. Click. Scan. Voíla! The information is quickly pulled up on your screen. This encrypted information could be anything—a link to a website, a phone number, text, and various other bits of information.

To learn more about QR codes, pick up a handout at the NACCHO social media table. If you already know how to scan a QR code, look for NACCHO's social media poster, which displays various...

NA11 Conference Tracks

This year’s conference theme, “Moving Public Health Forward in Challenging Times,” focuses on the importance for LHDs to be prepared to manage challenging priorities before crises arise. Sessions have been divided into conference tracks that address the many aspects of the conference theme.

Policy and System Changes—Impacts and Opportunities
These sessions will focus on the ever-changing legislative agendas and the most recent impacts from healthcare reform initiatives.

Marketing to Improve Public Health Perception
These sessions will show what LHDs can do to enhance their capacities to market public health systems through promoting the role of LHDs in improving public health and marketing and communications...

Keeping Fit at NA11

Do you have a hard time fitting in exercise when you travel? Ever feel drained after a day indoors? Physical activity is an important part of keeping our bodies healthy, but sometimes maintaining a routine in new places can be difficult. Luckily, NACCHO Annual offers several activities and options for you to keep your body moving during the conference:

  • Walking tours of historical landmarks in downtown Hartford are scheduled for 6:00 to 7:00 AM on the mornings of Thursday, July 21, and Friday, July 22. Join in to learn more about the history of Hartford and to start your day right with some moderate activity.

  • Salsa dancing lessons will be provided during the New England-style barbeque at the Boathouse. This social...

10 Reasons to Use Social Media at NA11

Have you considered using social media at the conference? Social media tools connect people and ideas, and are a fantastic way to learn more about what''s happening at NA11. Below are 10 good reasons why you should be using social media at the conference.

  1. Hear from people who you might not otherwise talk to.

  2. Start discussions about sessions prior to attending them.

  3. Connect with other public health professionals and extend your professional network.

  4. Promote public health in an online forum.

  5. Stay on top of meeting logistics (room change, food locations, etc.).

  6. Provide useful information to those who aren’t attending.

  7. Learn about sessions that you haven’t...

Sharing Session Topics at NACCHO Annual 2011

A lot of timely and valuable sharing sessions at NA11 will cover a wide variety of public health areas. The facilitators and speakers are renowned for their contributions to the local health departments they have served.

Sharing sessions on Thursday will take place from 10:00-11:30 AM, 1:00-2:00 PM, and 3:30-4:30 PM. One of the sharing sessions on Thursday is "Living without Local Health Departments: Perceptions of Underserved Communities." This session will highlight efforts to provide rural communities with more access to public health services and detail the perceptions about public health services held by residents in underserved areas. There are also sessions about climate change, public health accreditation, community-based prevention, and the childhood obesity...

Five Reasons to Visit Hartford

Did you know that Hartford is one of the oldest cities in the United States? Known as the “Insurance Capital of the World,” Hartford received its nickname from its history as a vital trading center that deployed ships overseas with goods, with the crew facing imminent threats and risks such as pirates, accidents, storms, and fires. Groups of merchants concerned about these risks helped to propel the establishment of the insurance industry, with the first company created in 1810—the Hartford Fire Insurance Group.

Famous authors Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe called Hartford home, as well as the firearms manufacturer, Samuel Colt. A unique New England city rich in history, Hartford has much to offer to visitors, including:

1.    The Amistad...

Pre-Conference Workshops on Wednesday, July 20

If you arrive in Hartford early and want to get started on all the NACCHO Annual 2011 activities, then check out the selection of pre-conference workshops that will take place on Wednesday, July 20. Registration is required for each of these no-cost or low-cost workshops, so reserve your place by visiting www.naccho.org/na/2011/register or the Conference Registration Desk in the Exhibit Hall Pre-Function.

Getting the News Out: 8:00 AM–12:00 PM

Using the media and other mass communication channels is a powerful way to communicate public health information to large audiences. The Internet has democratized news distribution in profound ways, including the ability to self-publish information on websites, YouTube, and blogs....

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