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NACCHO Announces New Officers and Board of Directors


Contact Becky Wexler
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NACCHO Announces New Officers and Board of Directors
Washington, DC (June 28, 2010)—
Carol Moehrle, district director of Public Health – Idaho North Central District in Lewiston, ID, will formally assume the duties of President of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) during the association’s annual meeting in Memphis, TN, in July. Lillian Shirley, director of the Multnomah County Health Department in Portland, OR, will assume the office of President-Elect. John Wiesman, director of Clark County Public Health in Vancouver, WA, will take office as newly-elected Vice President.

A public health practitioner since 1980, Carol Moehrle has led her five-county Public Health District in North Central Idaho, which covers a population of approximately 120,000, for 17 years. She has been active with NACCHO since 1992, serving as County Forum Chair and sitting on the NACCHO Executive Board and Board of Directors as well as contributing to several NACCHO committees addressing a variety of public health topics.

Moehrle also serves on the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), as well as the Board of the National Association of Counties (NACo), where she is Vice chair of NACo’s Health Steering Committee and represents county public health on several NACo committees.

"I am incredibly honored for the opportunity to work alongside local health department leaders who I know are as dedicated as I am to improving the health of people in our communities,”  said Moehrle. “Leadership and collaboration are especially important in this time of reduced resources and increased needs for local health departments—all of NACCHO’s members share the same desire to make a difference for the people in our communities back home and throughout the nation.”

As director of the Multnomah County Health Department in Portland, OR, NACCHO President-Elect Lillian Shirley provides public health leadership in collaboration with community partners to address the county’s health needs and offers health policy leadership on both a county and state level.

Earlier in her career, as director of public health in Boston, Shirley was responsible for all preventive and community-based health services. Following the merger of Boston’s public hospital with Boston University’s medical center, Shirley became the interim Commissioner of the newly formed Boston Public Health Commission. In this role, she had executive responsibility for the establishment, design, and organization of the new public health authority in Boston. 

Shirley received a master’s in public health from Boston University School of Medicine and a master’s in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

As director of Clark County Public Health, John Wiesman is responsible for working with the Clark County Board of Health to set and implement public health policy for the community and department. He also provides overall leadership and direction to the department and is responsible for improving health outcomes for Clark County citizens through the delivery of effective services and programs.

Wiesman joined Clark County Public Health in July 2004. Under his leadership, Clark County Public Health has improved its emergency response capabilities, increased access to consumer information on restaurant inspection and septic system information, and implemented Nurse-Family Partnership, an intensive three-year home visiting nursing program for first-time pregnant women. Through data reporting and outreach, the department is increasing awareness of health inequities and the direct health impacts of social issues such as racism, social class, unemployment, education, and income.

Wiesman has worked for 13 years in local public health, both in Connecticut and Washington state. He received a master’s in public health from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI.

Joining the Board of Directors are Claude-Alix Jacob, Cambridge, MA; Georgia F. Heise, Owenton, KY; Cathy Raevsky, Grand Rapids, MI; and Lloyd Lee (Torney) Smith, Spokane, WA. Re-elected for a second term on the Board of Directors are John A. Horensky, Somerville, NJ; Pierre N. Vigilance, Washington, DC; Herminia Palacio, Houston, TX; Larry D. Jones, Independence, MO; Richard L. Vogt, Greenwood Village, CO; Martin Fenstersheib, San Jose, CA; and Roger Griggs, Sacaton, AZ.

About the National Association of County and City Health Officials
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) represents the nation's 2,800 local governmental health departments. These city, county, metropolitan, district, and tribal departments work every day to protect and promote health and well-being for all people in their communities.