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NACCHO's news releases cover critical topics in public health, presenting messages to local and national media on the importance of local health departments in keeping our communities healthy and safe.

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Recent News Releases
NACCHO Appoints Three to Senior Staff Positions

Washington, DC (August 18, 2015) –National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Executive Director LaMar Hasbrouck, MD, MPH, today announced the appointment of three senior staff members to serve the 2,800 local health departments represented by the association. More>>

NACCHO Welcomes White House Plan to Strengthen Drug Abuse Treatment and Prevention

Washington, DC (August 17, 2015) – National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Executive Director LaMar Hasbrouck, MD, MPH, welcomed a White House plan announced today to strengthen efforts to treat heroin users and abusers of prescription opioids and to increase drug abuse prevention initiatives, as part of a new $13.4 million federal program. More>>

Overcoming Misunderstanding and Mistrust Needed to Improve Police Relations with Black Community

Kansas City, MO (July 9, 2015) –
Violent confrontations between police and the African American community are rooted in generations of misunderstanding, mistrust and discrimination that must be overcome, public health officials and a police chief said Thursday at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Annual Conference here. More »

Dr. Swannie Jett Takes Office as President of NACCHO

Kansas City, MO (July 9, 2015) –
Dr. Swannie Jett, the new president of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), called Thursday for greater government funding to improve the health of people with low incomes and to support the work of local health departments around the country. More »

NACCHO Annual 2015: Surgeon General & CDC Director Emphasize Need for Preventive Care

Kansas City, MO (July 8, 2015) –
U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden told local health department officials from around the nation that they can help millions of Americans live healthier and longer lives by refocusing the American healthcare system on preventing illnesses and injuries –not just treating them. More »

NACCHO Recognizes Local Health Departments and Leaders

Kansas City, MO (July 8, 2015) -
NACCHO today honored local health departments in Florida and Tennessee, along with Dr. Patrick Lenihan - a former NACCHO president and deputy health commissioner in Chicago - for outstanding achievements in demonstrating innovative ways of improving public health and safety. More »

Foundation for the Public’s Health Unveils New Model of Support

Kansas City, MO (July 7, 2015) -
Seeking to support chronically underfunded segments of our nation's public health system, The Foundation for the Public's Health launched Tuesday with an ambitious agenda aimed at creating a new model of support for local health departments. More »

Police & Community Relations - How Local Public Health Can Help Bridge the Gap

Washington DC (June 15, 2015) -
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) will host its first-ever Twitter Chat with Executive Director LaMar Hasbrouck, MD, MPH, to explore why violent confrontations involving police are a public health concern and what public health officials can do differently to help bridge relations between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve. The Twitter Chat comes in the wake of the deaths of African American men and boys in confrontations with police that sparked civil unrest in Cincinnati, New York City, Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri.  Chat with Dr. Hasbrouck about how public health professionals can use their expertise to reduce this violence. More» 

NACCHO Announces the 2015-16 Officers and Board of Directors
Washington, DC (June 15, 2015) -
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is proud to announce the 2015-2016 election results for NACCHO Officers and Board of Directors. Swannie Jett, DrPH, MSc, Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health in Seminole County, will become NACCHO President. Claude-Alix Jacob, MPH, Chief Public Health Officer for the City of Cambridge, MA, will move into the role of President-Elect. Alina Alonso, MD, Director of the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach, FL, will become NACCHO's newly-elected Vice President. Georgia F. Heise, DrPH, Director of the Three Rivers District Health Department in Owenton, Kentucky, will serve as Immediate-Past President.
NACCHO Annual Conference Examines the Future of Public Health and  Partnerships To Safeguard Communities Amid
Washington, D.C. (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) AnnualConference on July 7-9 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. More»
Global Health Security: Preparing a Nation for Emerging Threats

Atlanta (April 1, 2015) -
More than 1,800 leaders from local, state, and federal public health, health care coalitions and volunteer organizations will attend the 10th annual
2015 Preparedness Summit at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Georgia, from April 14-17. This year's theme is "Global Health Security: Preparing a Nation for Emerging Threats." Global health security impacts all of us. Health threats that emerge from the other side of the world can quickly arrive on the doorstep of local health departments, health care providers, schools, and communities. More»

2015 County Health Rankings Released!
An easy-to-use snapshot comparing the health of nearly every county in the nation, the 2015 County Health Rankingsshow that where you live matters to your health. The annual report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, makes it clear that good health includes many factors beyond medical care, such as education, jobs, smoking, access to healthy foods and parks, and more.  More»
NACCHO Expresses Concern Over the President's Budget Cuts To Immunization Funding During Measles Outbreak

Washington, D.C. (February 2, 2015) -
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) today expressed concern that the Obama Administration is proposing to cut discretionary funding for immunization and other programs that are key to preventing disease outbreaks and other disasters, especially while the country is in the midst of a measles outbreak. More»

NACCHO Names Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck as the New Executive Director

Washington, D.C. (January 26, 2015)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of LaMar Hasbrouck, M.D., M.P.H., as its new Executive Director, effective February 10, 2015. More»

NACCHO Releases 2015 Network Profile of Medical Reserve Corps
Washington, DC (November 2, 2015) - Public health budgets have been declining for many years, leaving many local health departments with limited resources to respond to emergencies in their communities. In the event of an emergency, local health departments rely on volunteers to bolster their ability to respond. More »
NACCHO, Local Health Departments Test New Pandemic Influenza Hotline
Washington, DC (January 21, 2016) — Flu on Call™ is a national network of call centers that is designed to provide information and free medical advice to callers during a severe influenza pandemic. More »