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NACCHO's op-eds are opinion articles written by NACCHO leaders or local health department officials to  focus attention on critical public health issues and to stress the importance of local health departments in keeping our communities healthy and safe. The op-eds are published by newspapers, magazines and websites.

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Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck Explains the Importance of the Prevention and Public Health Fund in The Hill Op-Ed
NACCHO's Executive Director wrote an op-ed in The Hill urging Congress not to eliminate funding for the Prevention and Public Health Fund. The fund has invested nearly $5.25 billion to prevent people from falling victim to infectious and chronic diseases that are the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. More »
Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck Urges Congress to Increase Funding for Public Health Emergencies
Federal spending on public health emergency preparedness, response, and recovery has been falling since 2005, and Congress is now considering how much to spend in the 2016 fiscal year. The final spending figure will play a key role in determining how well the American people are protected from disease, injury, and death in times of emergency. More »
Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck Writes in The Hill about Deadly Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs
 One of the deadliest enemies waging war against the American people and killing thousands of our citizens is not a terrorist group or a foreign army. It is an unseen microscopic menace –antibiotic-resistant bacteria. More>>
Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck Calls for Increased Funding for Local Health Departments in an Op-ed in The Hill Newspaper.
Without sparking widespread attention, the jobs of 51,700 health professionals have been gradually eliminated in county, city, metropolitan, district and tribal health departments across the United States since 2008. Our elected representatives in Congress and in state and local governments should work together to provide needed funds to allow local health departments to stop cutting staff and instead start hiring thousands more health professionals to strengthen their programs, protect more people and save more lives. More »
Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck Writes in The Hill about Proposed Budget Cuts to the MRC
A life-saving emergency medical response program staffed by more than 200,000 volunteer healthcare professionals and others across the United States is threatened by a devastating 55 percent cut in federal funds that was recently approved by a U.S. Senate committee.

The program, called the Medical Reserve Corps, is a national network of volunteers organized locally to protect the health and safety of their communities. It deploys doctors, nurses, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, mental health professionals and non-medical volunteers with specialized skills who assist healthcare professionals to care for people in emergencies.

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Washington Post Letter to the Editor: Ebola is Here. What’s the Prognosis?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dreaded hearing the words that confirmed the deadly Ebola virus had reached our country. And local health department preparedness planners have been asking an equally daunting question: “Are we ready?” More»
NACCHO President Calls on Congress to Approve Ebola Funding
NACCHO President Dr. Swannie Jett writes in Roll Call to urge Congress to approve Ebola funding to quell the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The funding could also bolster domestic public health and health systems readiness, assist in the development of a vaccine, and help accelerate the capacity to prevent Ebola. More »
NACCHO President, Georgia Heise, Urges Policymakers to Confront Heroin, Opioid Epidemic
There is a new normal in our communities. For some children, stumbling across used, dirty needles at the park is more common than a pick-up game. Heroin addiction is a big disease with an even bigger negative impact on everyone. More»
Local Health Depts. Driving Change Toward E-Cigarette Regulation
On May 1st, NACCHO past president Terry Allan wrote an op-ed for Roll Call that looks at the role LHDs have played in cities and counties around e-cigarettes. The op-ed asks members of Congress on both sides to urge the FDA to move swiftly and broadly to finalize its ruling and expand its regulations. More»

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