Washington, DC (July 18, 2011) – Lillian Shirley, director of the Multnomah County Health Department in Portland, OR, has assumed the duties of President of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). John Wiesman, director of Clark County Public Health in Vancouver, WA will serve as President-Elect. Terrance Allan, health commissioner for the Cuyahoga County Board of Health in Parma, OH, is the newly-elected Vice President. The three NACCHO officers will officiate at the association's annual meeting in Hartford, CT this week.
At the helm of the Multnomah County Health Department in Portland, OR, 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.
"I am excited for the opportunity to lead and collaborate with such a dedicated group of local health department leaders as are on this Board," said NACCHO President Lillian M. Shirley. "Together we have the opportunity to put prevention, protection, and assurance on the forefront of the nation's response to the crisis in health care. We will work together to provide vital public health programs and services to our communities in a time of reduced resources."
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 Degree in Public Health from Boston University and a Master's Degree in Public Administration at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
As director of Clark County Public Health in Vancouver, WA, 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.
Terry Allan has been the health commissioner at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health since 2004, which serves as the local public health authority for 885,000 citizens in 57 Greater Cleveland communities. Under his leadership, Greater Cleveland has reduced childhood lead poisoning rates by half since 2004 and reduced smoking rates by 11% since 2003.
Allan holds a bachelor of science degree in biology from Bowling Green State University and a master of public health from the University of Hawaii. He represented NACCHO on the Standards Development Workgroup for the National Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) and chaired a local health department site visit team during the beta test of the PHAB standards. Allan is also the immediate past president of the Association of Ohio Health Commissioners and has served as an At-Large member of the NACCHO Board of Directors since 2007.
Recently elected to two year terms on the Board of Directors are Alina M. Alonso, West Palm Beach, FL; Bob England, Phoenix, AZ; Rahul Gupta, Charleston, WV; Melanie Hein, Boonville, MO; Winifred M. Holland, Starke, FL; Swannie Jett, Shepardsville, KY; Doug Mathis, New Castle, IN; and Kevin M. Sherin, Orlando, FL. Completing the second year of their present term are John R. Baird, Fargo, ND; Martin Fenstersheib, Santa Clara, CA; Roger Griggs, Sacaton, AZ; Georgia F. Heise, Owenton, KY; John A. Horensky, Somerville, NJ; Steve Huleatt, Bloomfield, CT; Claude-Alix Jacob, Cambridge, MA; Larry D. Jones, Independence, MO; Yvonne Madlock, Memphis, TN; Herminia Palacio, Houston, TX; Cathy Raevsky, Grand Rapids, MI; Lloyd Lee (Torney) Smith, Spokane, WA; and Richard L. Vogt, Greenwood Village, CO. Carol M. Moehrle, Lewiston, ID remains on the NACCHO executive committee as Immediate Past-President.
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.