By Eli Briggs, Senior Director of Government Affairs
On November 14, NACCHO and a coalition of public health and healthcare partners met with staff from the House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee in preparation for a hearing on Flu Preparedness and Response.
NACCHO government affairs staff highlighted the role of local health departments in monitoring, preventing, and controlling disease to reduce the health risks and financial burden of seasonal flu. We know that most local health departments provide direct immunization services (adult: 90% and childhood: 88%, according to NACCHO’s National Profile of Local Health Departments) and promote the importance of annual flu vaccination through education and policy. Continue reading
By Eli Briggs, Senior Government Affairs Director, NACCHO
Last month, during the annual Congressional summer recess, NACCHO members worked to educate Members of Congress about the work their health departments are doing to keep people healthy and safe.
Below one NACCHO member provides details of her experience:
On July 31, 2019, Representative Lauren Underwood (D-IL) and Representative Joe Kennedy (D-MA) held a Mental Health Forum at the Kendall County Health Department in Yorkville, IL. During the forum both Representatives Underwood and Kennedy expressed enthusiastic commitment to improving access to mental health care. Representatives were met by a packed room of community members who were invited to provide narratives on both personal mental health and mental health systems challenges that they had faced. Representatives Underwood and Kennedy both graciously received concerns and questions and provided responses to those participating in the forum and told participants that their future policy decisions would be informed by what they heard at the forum. The Kendall County Health Department was also pleased to have quality mental health best practices and treatment services posted for all to view at the forum. We want to express our heartfelt gratitude to Representatives Underwood and Kennedy for their commitment to mental health.
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) named Anthony L-T Chen, MD, MPH, Director of Health of Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, its Advocate of the Year. This award recognizes outstanding accomplishments related to advocacy and outreach to members of Congress to create better health policy outcomes. Dr. Chen received the award the organization’s 2019 Annual Conference in Orlando. Continue reading
Appropriations Bill Includes Strong Spending Levels for Many Local Health Department Priorities
NACCHO thanks the House of Representatives for passing a FY2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) funding bill that includes strong spending levels for many local health department priorities. They include a total of $8.3 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and strong top-line funding levels for other federal agencies that help support public health activities through local health departments. Continue reading
Adriane Casalotti, Chief of Government and Public Affairs, NACCHO
By Adriane Casalotti, Chief of Government and Public Affairs, NACCHO & Carolyn Mullen, Chief of Government Affairs and Public Relations, ASTHO
Our nation’s public health system is, at its core, a partnership between federal, state, and local governments. While these partnerships are clear on the ground in communities, many members of Congress are unaware of the important work being done each day to keep their states and communities safe and healthy.
That is why, for the first time ever, ASTHO and NACCHO will host a joint public health advocacy day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to help bring these messages to elected officials from across the country. Along with members of the Big Cities Health Coalition (BCHC), the State Associations of County and City Health Officials (SACCHOs), and the National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH), state and local public health leaders will educate policymakers about the value and importance of federal funding for public health departments and programs throughout the country. In order to best protect and promote the health of all Americans, it is critical that there is a strong coordinated public health system at all levels. Without a robust system, people suffer. Continue reading
2018 brought a whirlwind of activity for public health advocates and your NACCHO government affairs staff were in the thick of it. On issues across the spectrum of public health, NACCHO members and staff continued to advocate with Congress and the administration to improve the public’s health and safety and advanced keypolicy proposals here in Washington. Continue reading
By Adriane Casalotti, MPH, MSW, Chief of Government and Public Affairs, and Eli Briggs, MA, Senior Government Affairs Director, NACCHO
As expected, Tuesday’s election results will bring great change to Congress in January 2019. But the impact of the changes in Washington have a ripple effect in local communities. Here is a rundown of what happened and what it means for public health. Continue reading