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Press Releases 2011

Reduced Federal Funding for Emergency Preparedness Puts the Nation’s Communities at Risk
Washington, D.C. (December 20, 2011)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials commends Trust for America''s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for drawing attention to strained resources by releasing the ninth annual Ready or Not? report. This year''s edition underscores the negative impact that ongoing cuts to federal public health emergency preparedness have had on vital state and local programs that detect and respond to disease outbreaks, emergencies, and acts of terrorism. More>>
More than Half of Local Health Departments Cut Services in First Half of 2011
Washington, D.C. (October 4, 2011)
According to the results of a new survey released by NACCHO, from July 2010 to June 2011, more than half (55 percent) of all local health departments reduced or eliminated at least one program, with services for mothers and children among the hardest hit. Other areas experiencing significant reductions included those designed to protect Americans and keep them safe, including emergency preparedness, immunizations, chronic disease screening, and personal health services such as home health care and mental health services. More>>
NACCHO Commends Launch of National Public Health Accreditation Program
Washington, D.C. (September 14, 2011)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) congratulates the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) today on its official launch of the first national public health accreditation program and encourages its members to become accredited for the important work they do to keep people safe and healthy. More>>
NACCHO Marks 10th Anniversary of 9/11 and Anthrax Tragedies; Celebrates Strides in Preparedness
Washington, D.C. (September 8, 2011)
A decade ago, the words "bioterrorism preparedness" were not yet part of the public's vocabulary. But since the events of September 11, 2001, and subsequent anthrax attacks, we've learned to expect—and carefully plan for—the unexpected. The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is proud of the role that its members, the nation's 2,800 local health departments, have played to ensure that all American communities are ready to respond to emergencies and acts of terrorism. More>>
National Health Policy Leaders, Best-Selling Author to Keynote Public Health Informatics Conference
Washington, D.C. (August 18, 2011)
Join hundreds of public health and information technology experts as they explore the intersection of their fields at the 2011 Public Health Informatics Conference next week. The annual conference, co-hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), offers sessions on a wide range of issues on health and technology including electronic health records, improved laboratory data reporting, mobile applications to improve health, and disease tracking systems. Under the conference theme Engaging, Empowering, Evolving…Together attendees will hear keynote addresses from federal officials, a best-selling author and an Emory University health policy expert. More>>
NACCHO Applauds Release of Chicago’s New Public Health Agenda
Washington, D.C. (August 16, 2011)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) commends Chicago leaders on today's release of their ambitious blueprint to make Chicago healthier. This morning, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Bechara Choucair released Healthy Chicago: A Public Health Agenda for a Healthy City, Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy People and Healthy Homes, the first-ever comprehensive city-wide plan for public health in Chicago. More>>
Twelve Local Health Departments Receive Grants to Focus on Community Health Improvement
Washington, DC (July 25, 2011)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) announced today its selection of 12 local health departments to receive grant funding to initiate and complete a robust community health improvement process in preparation for the new, voluntary, national accreditation process for public health departments due to launch in September. With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), each local health department received $35,000 to develop a community health assessment (CHA) and a community health improvement plan (CHIP), two of the three prerequisites that every health department must complete before applying for accreditation. More>>
NACCHO Honors 41 Local Health Departments for Innovation and Excellence
Washington, DC (July 22, 2011)
As part of its 2011 annual conference, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) last night honored 41 local health departments across the country for implementing programs that demonstrate exemplary and replicable outcomes in response to an identified public health need. More>>
Health Officials, Journalists Agree On Standards
Washington, DC (July 20, 2011)
Public health officials and journalists now have guidance on what information should be made public when someone dies or falls ill during a public health emergency, thanks to a unique collaborative effort between the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, the Association of Health Care Journalists, and NACCHO. More>>
NACCHO Announces 2011-12 Officers; Board of Directors
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. More >>
Top Federal Health Officials and Public Health Visionaries to Keynote NACCHO Annual Conference
Washington, DC (July 15, 2011)
Join local health officials and invited guests at the 2011 National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Annual Conference as they gather in Hartford, CT, to discuss the latest public health developments. This year, the theme of the annual meeting is "Moving Public Health Forward in Challenging Times", which acknowledges that local health departments across the country have continued to face budgetary, program, and staffing cutbacks all while continuing to provide vital preventive and primary care services for people in their communities. More >>
New Analysis of Local Health Department Budget Cuts Surveys Demonstrates  Depth of Program and Job Losses
Washington, DC (June 21, 2011)
A recent survey analysis found that roughly 19 percent of the nationwide local health department workforce has been eliminated since 2008, posing a staggering challenge to local health departments striving to keep Americans safe and healthy in the face of increasing staff and program cuts, even as the country's economic slump increases demand for services. More »
NACCHO Applauds Release of National Prevention Strategy
Washington, DC (June 16, 2011)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) vigorously supports the release of the National Prevention Strategy, which is consistent with our vision for a transformed 21st century health system that places its highest priority on evidence-based prevention and focuses on promoting health. NACCHO is pleased that the National Prevention Strategy's strategic directions and priorities align so closely with the day-to-day work of local health departments, which are the only local entities that focus on the health and well-being of every person in their communities and are often a community's first line of defense against disaster and disease. More >>
NACCHO Warns that Recent Cuts to Preparedness Funding Put Americans at Greater Risk
Washington, DC (May 18, 2011)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) thinks that recent cuts of $107 million in federal public health preparedness funding erodes capacity to protect people in communities nationwide. More »
NACCHO Commends Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin for 2011 County Health Rankings
Washington, DC (March 30, 2011)
Today's release of the 2011 County Health Rankings—the second annual set of reports to rank the overall health of counties in all 50 states—by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides U.S. counties with a useful tool for stimulating health improvement nationwide. The Rankings highlight the need for people and organizations from all sectors of each county—public, private, educational, non-profit, media, or philanthropic—to work deliberately and collaboratively to improve the public's health through policies, programs, and services. More »
CDC Director Frieden and FEMA Dep. Administrator Serino Join Other Health Officials at PH Preparedness Summit
Washington, DC (February 17, 2011)
Join more than 2,000 local, state, and federal public health leaders and invited guests at the 2011 Public Health Preparedness Summit in Atlanta, as they gather to discuss issues related to this year's theme: The National Health Security Strategy—Building a Resilient Nation. Among the topics discussed will be lessons learned from the response to the 2009–2010 H1N1 influenza virus and the Haiti earthquake, how to build and sustain the capabilities that will enable the nation to achieve national health security, and many other related themes. Media are invited to join conference attendees as they hear from seven current and former senior Administration officials in public health and public safety over the course of three days. More »
Forty U.S. Communities Awarded “ACHIEVE” Grants to Find Local Solutions to Improve Health
Washington, DC (February 7, 2011)
Forty communities in 24 states today received grants to develop and implement solutions that prevent chronic diseases and related risk factors. The community efforts are convened through a national network of partners and are implemented through a collaborative approach called Action Communities for Health, Innovation, and EnVironmental changE (ACHIEVE). ACHIEVE is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s Healthy Communities Program. More »
NACCHO Joins Transportation for America in Applauding President’s Call for Smart Transportation Investments
Washington, DC (January 26, 2011)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials signed on to the statement issued today by Transportation for America's Equity Caucus applauding President Obama's State of the Union call for smart, targeted transportation investments that connect all Americans to opportunity. Because good health is closely linked to the qualities of the communities in which we live, investing in and improving our inadequate and outdated transportation systems will contribute to improved health, equity, and well being for all people in their communities. More »
NACCHO Commends CDC on Release of Disparities Report
Washington, DC (January 13, 2011)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials commends the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for demonstrating its commitment to reducing health disparities and inequalities by releasing a new report today. The CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report—2011, the first in a series of reports planned for release by the agency, examines disparities in healthcare access, exposure to environmental hazards, death rates, illness rates, behavioral risk factors, and social determinants of health. More »

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