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Three Public Health Leaders Named to NACCHO Executive Board


Contact Becky Wexler
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Three Public Health Leaders Named to NACCHO Executive Board
Washington, DC (August 5, 2009)
Bruce Dart, director of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department in Lincoln, NE, formally assumed the duties of President of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) this week at the Association's annual meeting in Orlando, FL. Also assuming office were Carol Moehrle, district director of the North Central District Health Department in Lewiston, ID, as President-Elect, and Lillian Shirley, director of the Multnomah County Health Department in Portland, OR. 

A public health practitioner since 1980, Dart has been director of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department since 2001, an agency that serves over 275,000 Nebraskans. He has served as president of Nebraska's public health association and on numerous state and local public health/health services committees focusing on community health and healthcare access issues.

"I am deeply honored to have this opportunity to serve our nation's local health departments as president of the Board of NACCHO," said Dart. "This is a time of both great struggle and opportunity for health departments across the country. As we come together to address community health issues, the efforts of all who comprise NACCHO will help us on the local level truly make a difference."

Dart is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist and was formerly Nebraska Environmental Health Administrator of the Year. He has dedicated his career to improving environmental and social conditions that impact the public's health and building support for healthy communities among local constituents.

Dart received his MS in Administration (Health Services) from Central Michigan University and his PhD in Health Services from Walden University. He is past president of the Public Health Association of NE and serves on the board of directors of several nonprofit health and human services organizations in Lincoln.

President-Elect Moehrle has led her five-county Public Health District in North Central Idaho, which covers a population of approximately 110,000, 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. 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 chair of NACo's Public Health and Environment Subcommittee.

As director of the Multnomah County Health Department in Portland, OR, NACCHO Vice President 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.

About the National Association of County and City Health Officials
NACCHO is the national organization representing the nation's nearly 3,000 local health departments. These agencies work every day on the front lines to protect and promote the health of their communities. NACCHO develops resources and programs and promotes national policies that support effective local public health practice.