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Press Releases - 7/17/06


Washington (July 17, 2006)

More than 1,000 of the nation''s top local public health professionals, led by NACCHO President Rex Archer, M.D., director of health of Kansas City (MO), will gather in San Antonio July 26–28 for the NACCHO Annual Conference: The Local Health Department Story—Know It. Live It. Share It.

The NACCHO Annual 2006 conference will provide attendees with practical tools and information on how to communicate the critical importance of the work of local health departments to the media, policymakers, decision makers, the public and the public health workforce. Issues to be discussed include emergency response to hurricanes and natural disasters, pandemic influenza planning, strategies for including public health in health information technology advances and the development of a national accreditation system for local public health departments.

The year''s largest gathering of local health officials will be held at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter. NACCHO is co-locating in San Antonio with the annual conference of the National Association of Local Boards of Health. All press MUST register onsite to gain access to the conference events. Access to the agenda is available here.

Highlights of the meeting include:

Wednesday, July 26:

1:45 P.M.–3:45 P.M.

NACCHO—NALBOH Town Hall Meeting: Is Accreditation Feasible and Desirable?

Thursday, July 27:

11:00 A.M.–12:30 A.M.——Concurrent sessions

—Strategies and approaches for developing health information exchanges

—Assessing health impacts of community design

—Incorporating social justice principals into pandemic preparedness planning

12:45 P.M.–2:00 P.M.

Elizabeth M. Duke, Administrator for Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), will join via satellite for an interactive presentation on current HRSA initiatives and focus areas programs.

3:30 P.M.–5:00 P.M.—Concurrent sessions

—Smoke free air policies—the role of public health

—Legal issues in public health preparedness

—Medical Reserve Corps—improving emergency preparedness

Friday, July 28:

8:15 A.M.–9:00 A.M.—Concurrent sessions

—Ethics in public health emergencies

—Keeping first responders safe during a public health emergency

—Partnering to fight methamphetamine

10:30 A.M.–12:00 P.M.—Concurrent sessions

—Community efforts to prevent chronic disease

—Performance standards for performance improvement

—Addressing health inequities

12:00 P.M.–1:30 P.M.

—Closing session: Local Health Departments'' Response to the 2005 Hurricanes



Jennifer Hudman
(301) 652-1558