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Press Releases 2008

NACCHO to Support Influenza Vaccination Efforts with Donation of up to One Million Doses of FluMist®
Washington, DC (December 10, 2008)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) today announced a donation of up to one million doses of FluMist® (Influenza Virus Vaccine Live, Intranasal) by MedImmune in a partnership aimed at increasing influenza awareness and vaccinations in underserved communities and populations. NACCHO will make these donated doses of vaccine available to selected state and local health departments around the country starting this month. More »
NACCHO Statement on Trust for America's Health (TFAH) State Preparedness Report Card
Washington, DC (December 9, 2008)
The Trust for America's Health (TFAH) report card on state readiness to respond to public health emergencies, issued today, sounds a warning that funding cuts threaten to undermine the strides in national preparedness made since 9/11. Although great progress has been made on both the state and local levels, ongoing budget cuts jeopardize the ability of our nation’s first responders to protect the communities they serve. More »
New NACCHO Executive Director Pestronk Assumes Leadership Duties
Washington, DC (November 12, 2008)
Robert M. (Bobby) Pestronk, MPH, officially assumed his duties as NACCHO Executive Director today, succeeding Patrick Libbey. Pestronk, who is NACCHO's immediate past president, was previously Health Officer for Genesee County, MI, where he protected and improved the health of the County's 430,000 residents in partnership with community members. As the director of the Genesee County Health Department, a position he held since 1986, Pestronk administered clinical, regulatory, and other human service programs in the areas of personal, community, behavioral, and environmental health. More »
Report Shows Six Years of Critical Achievement in Public Health Preparedness
Washington, DC (September 30, 2008)
If a bioterror attack, flu pandemic, or other public health emergency hit the United States tomorrow, would state and local health agencies be prepared? Could they quickly identify the threat and take the actions needed to protect the public? A new report, marking the conclusion of National Preparedness Month, says "yes." Public Health Emergency Preparedness: Six Years of Achievement, shows how state and local public health agencies have used six years of federal funding to turn the previously neglected U.S. public health system into a strong, coordinated, agile mechanism for protecting the health of the public. More »
Pestronk Named New Executive Director
Washington, DC (September 9, 2008)
Gary Cox, JD, President of the National Association of County and City Officials (NACCHO) announced today that Robert M. (Bobby) Pestronk, MPH, has accepted the position of NACCHO Executive Director, succeeding Patrick Libbey. Pestronk, who is NACCHO’s immediate past president, is currently Health Officer for Genesee County, MI, where he protects and promotes the health of the County’s 430,000 citizens in partnership with community resources. More »
Three Public Health Leaders Named to New Executive Board
Washington, DC (September 9, 2008)
Gary Cox, director of the Tulsa City-County Health Department, formally assumed the duties of President of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) today at the Association's annual meeting in Sacramento, California. Also assuming office were Bruce Dart, director of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department in Lincoln, Neb., as President-Elect, and Carol Moehrle, district director of the North Central District Health Department in Lewiston, Idaho, as Vice-President. More »
First Nationwide Survey of Public Health Departments Shows Lack of Resources, Challenge Facing Climate Change
Washington, DC (April 24, 2008)
Climate change is a concern to most local public health directors but few have resources to tackle the problem, according to a national survey conducted by National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO), Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and George Mason University. More »