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Member Spotlight: Health Director Lisa Macon Harrison Shares Technology’s Effect on Public Health Communication and Discusses Rural Health’s Need for a New Funding Model

Interview by Taylarr Lopez, Communications Specialist, NACCHO

NACCHO’s Member Spotlight series features interviews with local health department leaders and staff about their careers in public health. This interview features Lisa Macon Harrison, MPH, Health Director of the Granville Vance Public Health Department in North Carolina. Below, she shares the how her department is addressing mental health and substance use disorder; youth wellbeing; access to healthcare; how technological advances have affected public health communication; and the need for a new funding model for rural public health. Continue reading

Outgoing Membership Committee Chair Winifred Holland Reflects on Her 30-Year Career in Public Health

Winifred M. Holland, MPH, MA, LMHC, retired public health officer, spent more than 30 years in local public health. She has served as an Administrator at Bradford County Health Department, Union County Health Department, and Clay County Health Department the last 10 years of her career. She also worked at various other health departments during her career in Florida, including Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough, Polk, Sarasota, Lee, Hendry, Glades, Collier, and Manatee, and served as a regional manager covering multiple health departments. Continue reading

Member Spotlight: Health Director Damon Chaplin Discusses His Department’s Plans to Address the Opioid Epidemic and the Significance of Achieving Accreditation

NACCHO’s Member Spotlight series features interviews with local health department leaders and staff about their careers in public health. This interview features Damon Chaplin, MBA, Health Director of the New Bedford Health Department in Massachusetts. Below he shares how community partners have come together to address the growing opioid epidemic and discusses how the accreditation process will help outline strategies for efficiently affecting better health outcomes in his community. Continue reading

On the Front Lines of an Epidemic: Public Health Workforce Initiative Jumpstarts an Opioids Response Project

By Laura H. Franzke, PhD, MPH Population Health Workforce Branch, Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development, CSELS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention & Judith C. Shlay, MD, MSPH, Associate Director, Denver Public Health

If war is ultimately about people, then the opioid epidemic is indeed a war. In the confused geography of war, there are battles lost, skirmishes won, stalemates, and retrenchments. The opioid epidemic has claimed thousands of lives and engulfed entire communities, yet often feels too monumental to be seen as anything other than relentless and unending. The continuous unfolding story of a crisis and the response, however, must also include some promise of hope: what’s working, what may work if we scale it up, and what adequately funded interventions look like. Continue reading

Member Spotlight: Health Director Scott Sjoquist Discusses the Development of the Mohegan Tribe Health Department and Challenges Dispelling Public Health Inaccuracies

Interview by Taylarr Lopez, Communications Specialist, NACCHO

NACCHO’s Member Spotlight series features interviews with local health department leaders and staff about their careers in public health. This interview features Scott Sjoquist, MS, RS, Health Director of the Mohegan Tribal Health Department in Connecticut. Below he shares how public health mandates have changed over the years to keep communities safe and how the advancement of technology can still be a challenge for public health officials when dispelling inaccuracies and educating the public. Continue reading

Member Spotlight: Health Director Pramod Dwivedi Explains the Importance of Effective Relationships with Policymakers and Other Community Partners to Implement Life-saving Programs

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Interview by Taylarr Lopez, Communications Specialist, NACCHO

NACCHO’s Member Spotlight series features interviews with local health department leaders and staff about their careers in public health. This interview features Pramod Dwivedi DrPH, MS, MSW, MA, BSc, Health Director of the Linn County Health Department in Iowa. Below he shares the importance of positively affecting policy to implement public health programs and discusses the need to develop his workforce and staff competencies to ensure the success of his department in the future.   Continue reading

New NACCHO President Kevin Sumner Discusses His Priorities for NACCHO and Shares How He Uses Collaboration and Communication to Gain Support for Local Public Health

Interview by Lindsay Tiffany, Director of Publications, NACCHO

On July 1, Kevin G. Sumner, MPH, Health Officer and Director of the Middle-Brook Regional Health Commission in Green Brook, NJ, became NACCHO’s President. Sumner is a long-time, dedicated member of NACCHO and has served on a variety of advisory groups including the Membership Committee, the Performance Improvement Workgroup, the Finance Committee, and the Public Health Communications Workgroup. He has served on NACCHO’s Board of Directors since 2012. He recently spoke to NACCHO Voice about his career path, the challenges that keep him up at night, and how he helped to successfully advocate to get $10 million for local health department lead activities incorporated into the state budget. Continue reading