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NACCHO Annual Conference Examines the Future of Public Health and Partnerships To Safeguard Communities Amid Growing Challenges

NACCHO Annual Conference July 7-9, 2015

Washington, DC (June 9, 2015) -

Local health department leaders, public health partners, and invited guests will convene at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Annual Conference on July 7-9th in Kansas City, the largest gathering of local health officials in the United States.  NACCHO is the only national organization that holds meetings to address needs specific to local health departments.  Attendees from around the country will gather to share best practices and hear from national, regional, state, and local health officials, as well as Obama Administration representatives, about the future of public health and to address today's ongoing community challenges.  

This year's annual meeting theme is "Envisioning the Future: Creating Our Path."  With more than 80 sessions, local health department leaders will learn new strategies to keep their communities healthy and safe.  In addition, newly appointed NACCHO Executive Director LaMar Hasbrouck, MD, will hold NACCHO Annual's first-ever Twitter Q&A on police violence and public health.

For the full agenda, please visit here. Media are encouraged to join the conversation and follow sessions as they happen on Twitter @NACCHOalerts and #NA15. 


July 7-9, 2015 Sheraton Kansas City, 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO

Highlighted Sessions include: 

Opening general session on"Envisioning the Future: Creating Our Path"-Tuesday, July 7, 3:30 - 5:30 PM/CT

  • Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA, United States Surgeon General Vice Admiral
  • Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Dr. Murthy will share his public health journey, his perspective on engaging the nation in important public health issues, and the progress of the National Prevention Strategy. Dr. Frieden, who will appear by live video stream, will discuss the importance of federal funding and initiatives in support of local health departments and better health for all communities.

"The Opioid Epidemic - A Call to Action for Local Health Departments"-Wednesday, July 8, 8:00 - 10:00 AM/CT 

  • Moderator: Vince Caraffi, RS, MPH, Supervisor, Cuyahoga County Board of Health
  • Michael Botticelli, MEd, Director, National Drug Control Policy, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Washington, DC
  • Oxiris Barbot, MD, First Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Jennifer Walthall, MD, MPH, Deputy State Health Commissioner, Indiana State Department of Health, Indianapolis, IN

Over the past decade, opioid use has become rampant across our communities, not just in big cities but also in our country's smallest and most rural areas.  Opioid overdoses and deaths have increased significantly, devastating families around the nation. Dr. Botticelli will lead the panel discussion on the White House drug policy and innovative approaches to combat this critical public health issue.

"Police & Community Relations: How Local Public Health Can Help Bridge the Gap"
 - Thursday, July 9, 8:45 - 10:15 AM/CT (This panel discussion will be webcasted. Watch the live panel discussion here)

  • Moderator:LaMar Hasbrouck, MD, MPH,Executive Director, NACCHO
  • Leana S. Wen, MD, MSc, FAAEM, Health Commisioner, Baltimore City
  • Jasmine D. Graves, MPH, Special Assistant, Office of the Commissioner Associate, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Jeffrey Blackwell, Chief of Police, Cincinnati, OH

As the nation witnesses police violence in communities of color, most recently in cities such as Ferguson, MO, Cincinnati, OH, New York City, and Baltimore, MD --and the protests that follow -- it is imperative that public health engages in a critical dialogue on its role. Dr. Hasbrouck will moderate this session that explores why police violence is a public health issue connected to broader structural racism across all institutions, and what public health practitioners need to do differently to ensure that it does not continue.

Media are also encouraged to REGISTER for a Twitter Chat from 10:30-11:00 AM/CT with Dr. Hasbrouck following the panel discussion.  Follow @NACCHOalerts and join the conversation by using the #NACCHOchats.

How to Attend: Members of the media may receive complimentary registration to attend NACCHO Annual or select sessions. Click here for a full agenda. For more information, or to set up an interview with any of the above speakers, please contact Jacqueline Bond at (301) 280-5746 or Jbond@burness.com.


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. For more information about NACCHO, please visit www.naccho.org.