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2014 NACCHO Annual Conference Examines Policy, Innovation, and Science in a New Era of Public Health


Contact: Jacqueline Bond


NACCHO Annual Conference Examines the Intersection of Policy, Innovation, and Science in a New Era of Public Health

Washington, DC (July 7, 2014) -

Local health department leaders, public health partners, and invited guests will convene at the largest gathering of local health officials in the United States, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Annual Conference, on July 8-10th in Atlanta.

NACCHO is the only national organization that holds meetings to specifically address the needs and concerns of local health departments. Attendees from all geographic regions of the nation will gather to share ideas and hear from national, regional, state, and local health officials about the future of public health practice.

This year's annual meeting theme is "The New Era of Public Health: Science, Innovation, Policy." The sessions will provide an interactive setting for local health officials and their public health partners to examine strategies, share ideas, and plan actions to sustain or reinvent their organizations in this new era.


July 8-10, 2014  Hilton Atlanta, 255 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia, 30303


Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

Dr. Frieden will provide an insightful update on how the practice of public health at all levels of government is entering a new era that refocuses traditional roles and core functions in ways that are dynamic and, in some cases, not previously imagined. Following Dr. Frieden will be a spirited discussion with a distinguished group of reporters from the nation's top media outlets who will discuss how local health departments can reach the right audiences to explain the roles, values, and cost-effectiveness of their programs.

Town Hall Meeting: "Informing the Public and Influencing Policymakers on Public Health"
Tuesday, July 8, 3:00 –5:30 PM

Arturo Rodriguez, MPH, Director, Brownsville City Health Department, Brownsville, TX

Gayle B. Harris, MPH, RN, Public Health Director, Durham County Department of Public Health, Durham, NC

Lyndia Wilson, Division Director, Spokane Regional Health District, Spokane, WA

Art Rodriguez, Gayle Harris, and Lyndia Wilson are dynamic leaders from three of the six 2014 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize-winning communities who will share their stories about overcoming the challenges that occur when health is unequally influenced by differences in income, education, ethnicity and where a person lives.They will share strategies that turn the concept of "a culture of health" into the reality of healthier and safer communities.

Plenary Session: "Build a Culture of Health –A Call to Action for Local Leaders"
Wednesday, July 9, 8:00 –9:30 AM

Rahul Gupta, MD, MPH, FACP, Health Officer and Executive Director, Kanawha-Charleston and Putnam County Health Departments, Charleston, WV

James A. Hoyer, Adjutant General, West Virginia National Guard

Andrew Whelton, PhD, West Virginia Testing Assessment Project

David Latif, PhD, Professor and Chair Department of Pharmaceutical and Administrative Sciences, University of Charleston School of Pharmacy

Dr. Gupta, Major General Hoyer, Dr. Whelton, and Dr. Latif are public health practitioners who will discuss how local health departments and non-traditional partners—like the military, private corporations, and universities—can collaborate to evaluate existing evidence and create new means to evaluate the impacts of natural events like mud slides, tsunamis, and wild fires to man-made events like chemical discharges, fracking, and oil spills on community health. The lessons learned here will provide the basis for other communities to respond to and mitigate the impacts of future disasters.

Plenary Session: "Multi-disciplinary Approach to the Development of Sound Scientific Support: The West Virginia Experience"
Thursday, July 10, 1:15 –2:45 PM


Members of the media may receive complementary registration to attend NACCHO Annual or select sessions. Click here for a full agenda. For more information, or to set up an on-site interview with any of the above speakers, please contact Jacqueline Bond, Burness Communications, at (301) 280-5746 or Jbond@burnesscommunications.com. Media are encouraged to join the conversation and follow sessions as they happen on Twitter @NACCHOalerts and #NA14.