Category Archives: NACCHO Annual 2015

How Does Class Affect Public Health?

By Tiffany Huang, MPH, Program Analyst, Assessment and Planning, NACCHO

“The commodification of people is the biggest issue we face in public health,” stated Kathryn Evans, MPA, a trained community organizer with United Community Services of Johnson County, during the closing general session at NACCHO Annual 2015. Evans spoke compellingly about the roles of power, class oppression, and racism as determinants of health inequities, and along with her fellow panelists, called for public health to act upon them.

Public health has long acknowledged that socioeconomic status is one of the strongest predictors of health outcomes across nearly all diseases and risk factors.1 However, socioeconomic status alone does not adequately capture the meaning of class. Continue reading

NACCHO Annual 2015: Charting a Path to the Future for Local Health Departments

_N9F9266-editMore than 1,300 local health department leaders and public health partners attended the 2015 NACCHO Annual Conference, July 7–9, in Kansas City, MO. Drawing a record number of attendees, the conference provided participants with access to public health thought leaders, innovative strategies and evidence-based practices, and unmatched opportunities for networking with peers.

The theme of the conference was “Envisioning the Future: Creating Our Path” and focused on the critical role of local health departments in the wake of healthcare reform. Several additional themes emerged during the conference, including promoting linkages to care, implementing continuous quality improvement, leveraging partnerships and collaborations, and maximizing the use of new technology. Sessions also focused on a variety of topic areas such as maternal and child health, tobacco, violence and injury prevention, emergency preparedness, chronic disease, and informatics. Continue reading

NACCHO Annual 2015 Preview: Wellness Coalition Partners with Pediatric Care Providers to Increase Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors among Children

By Lindsay Tiffany, Communications Specialist, NACCHO

The following post is part of a series of interviews with local health department (LHD) staff who will present at the 2015 NACCHO Annual conference. This post offers a preview of the session “Pediatrician Perception of the LiveWell Greenville “At the Doctor” Toolkit in Improving Patient Communication Regarding Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors,” which will explore a successful collaboration between a healthy living coalition and pediatric care providers aimed at lowering rates of overweight and obesity in children. NACCHO Voice spoke with speakers Sally Wills, MPH, Executive Director, LiveWell Greenville; Melissa Fair, MPH, Evaluation Coordinator, LiveWell Greenville; Alicia Powers, PhD, Associate Professor of Health Sciences, Furman University, and Principal Investigator, Evaluation Director, LiveWell Greenville; and Rhonda Felder, PhD, MPT, Program Evaluator, LiveWell Greenville.

  • Thanks so much for speaking with me. To start, please describe both LiveWell Greenville and the At the Doctor Toolkit.

Sally Wills: LiveWell Greenville is a community coalition made up of over 150 partners in Greenville, SC. We focus on healthy eating and active living and try to impact those areas by creating policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) change in five settings: healthcare, schools, after-school programs, at the workplace, and faith communities. Our partners have been together since 2010 working toward PSE changes to help make the healthy choice the easy choice. Continue reading

NACCHO Annual 2015 Preview: How One Local Health Department Partnered with the Local Housing Authority to Combat Chronic Disease

mn-ship-programBy Lindsay Tiffany, Communications Specialist, NACCHO

The following post is part of a series of interviews with local health department (LHD) staff who will present at the 2015 NACCHO Annual conference. This post offers a preview of the session “PSE Squared: Public Health and Public Housing: Reducing and Preventing Chronic Disease through Policy, System, and Environmental Change and Partnership, Community Strength, and Engagement,” which will explore a successful partnership between the local health department and the city’s housing authority to combat chronic disease. NACCHO Voice spoke with speakers Patricia Barney, MPH, SHIP Program Coordinator, Saint Paul-Ramsey County (MN) Public Health; Alicia Huckleby, MA, Resident Initiatives Director, Saint Paul (MN) Public Housing Agency; and Ann Dwyer Tranvik, RN, Public Health Nurse, Saint Paul-Ramsey County Public Health.

  • Please tell us about your community and its burden of chronic disease.

Alicia: The St. Paul Public Housing Agency (PHA) provides public housing and Section 8 within the city of St. Paul. We have about 4,200 units of public housing that serve about 10,000 individual residents. Our public housing is made up of a combination of town home units and high-rises. In our high-rises, about 77% are either elderly or disabled. In our family sites, about 40% are elderly or disabled heads of household. Continue reading

Evaluating the Efficacy of Your CHIP Coalition: An Interview with Eileen Eisen-Cohen, PhD, MSW


Dr. Eileen Eisen-Cohen

By Lindsay Tiffany, Communications Specialist, NACCHO

The following post is part of a series of interviews with local health department (LHD) staff who will present at the NACCHO Annual 2015 conference. Eileen Eisen-Cohen, PhD, MSW, Performance Improvement Manager, Maricopa County (AZ) Department of Public Health, previews her session “Evaluating a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) Partnership by Using PARTNER, a Social Network Analysis Tool—Maricopa County, AZ.” In the session, Eisen-Cohen will co-present with J. Mac McCullough, PhD, MPH, Health Economist, Assistant Professor, Maricopa County Department of Public Health, Arizona State University. Their session will discuss how to effectively evaluate CHIP coalitions.

  • Thanks for taking the time to speak with NACCHO Voice about your session at NACCHO Annual 2015. To start, why are CHIPs so important to local health departments (LHDs) and to the health of communities in general?

CHIPs are designed to bring together as many of the partners, in a public health system, to create an action plan to impact the leading public health priority areas identified in the community health assessment (CHA). The CHIP identifies areas where we can have the largest impact on improving the quality of life for all residents, particularly the most vulnerable. This is especially important because within communities there are organizations with similar and different missions that can impact public health when working together. With expertise in evidence-based approaches, population health data, surveillance, evaluation, and community development, LHDs can serve as a neutral convener and backbone support organization for this work. Continue reading