This story originally ran in NACCHO’s Preparedness Brief blog.
Local health departments’ day-to-day operations impact National Health Security across the country. Every time local health officials run a vaccination clinic, spearhead a disease prevention campaign, or deliver life saving provisions to disaster survivors, their work directly contributes to advancing the nation’s health security. In fact, everything local health departments do aims to improve the health of people in their community, and healthier people are more likely to survive a disaster and make a faster recovery. That’s what national health security is all about: creating a resilient nation through sustained health outcomes as a result of effective prevention, preparedness, and response efforts. Continue reading
This entry features an interview with NACCHO Annual 2017 presenter and Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator for the Tri-County Health Department in Colorado, Steven A. Martinez, MA. His session, “Tri-County Overdose Prevention Partnership: A Community-Led, Local Health Department-Facilitated, Collaborative Effort,” described the importance of partnerships to address prescription drug misuse in local communities. Below he shares his health department’s process for convening partnerships and assessing, planning, and implementing collaborative strategies. Continue reading
Dr. Shah and members of NACCHO’s leadership team address the crowd at the inaugural Member Connect session
By Lindsay Tiffany, Lead of Publications, NACCHO
On July 11–13, more than 1,200 local health department (LHD) leaders and staff assembled in Pittsburgh for the 2017 NACCHO Annual Conference, the largest annual gathering of local public health leaders and partners in the United States. Over the course of the three-day conference, attendees learned from national public health experts, shared effective programs and strategies for improving local population health, and tackled the most pressing issues affecting the work of LHDs today. Continue reading
Interview by Taylarr Lopez, NACCHO Communications Specialist
This entry is the second in a series of “NACCHO Annual preview” blog posts, which feature interviews with presenters ahead of NACCHO Annual 2017. Ron Bialek, MPP, President of the Public Health Foundation, and Jack Moran, MBA, PhD, CMC, CQM, Senior Quality Advisor for the Public Health Foundation, discuss ways that local health departments can build strategic partnerships to address health threats in the community in their upcoming presentation, “Community Chief Health Strategist: Transforming the Way You Approach Health in Your Community.” Below, Mr. Ron Bialek shares the importance of local health departments becoming Chief Health Strategists. Continue reading
This entry is the first in a series of “NACCHO Annual preview” blog posts, which feature interviews with presenters ahead of NACCHO Annual 2017. Joseph Gibson, MPH, PhD, Director of Epidemiology at Marion County Public Health Department in Indiana, highlights the importance of acquiring informatics capabilities in his upcoming presentation, “From Top to Bottom: Building Informatics Skills throughout Your Agency,” and offers advice to other local health departments working to obtain these skills. Continue reading
NACCHO Annual 2017 will take place July 11–13 in Pittsburgh. In the following blog post, Allegheny County Health Department Director Dr. Karen Hacker shares how cross-sectoral collaboration has created new opportunities for improving the health of Pittsburgh and surrounding Allegheny County.
By Karen Hacker, MD, MPH, Director, Allegheny County (PA) Health Department
Welcome to Allegheny County and its county seat, the City of Pittsburgh. Allegheny County is comprised of 130 municipalities and has a population of over 1.2 million residents (ACS 2013). Our region today provides an example of a dramatic post-industrial revitalization fueled by the health care and educational sectors. This progress is, in part, the result of a culture of collaboration between private and public sectors focused on improving the health and well-being of the region. Government, community- and faith-based organizations, academia, and foundations have worked together to achieve significant advances that are impacting the health of Allegheny County residents. These include the transformation of the riverfront, the completion of the Great Allegheny Passage bike trail from Pittsburgh to Washington, DC, the Pittsburgh Promise, a $250 million effort to promote academic success, and the implementation of award-winning job training programs. The large and committed foundation community has been deeply involved in supporting these efforts and ensuring that progress continues. As County Executive Rich Fitzgerald often says, “We come together to get things done.” Continue reading
By Terry Allan, MPH, Health Commissioner, Cuyahoga County (OH) Board of Health (Greater Cleveland)
Terry Allan has nearly three decades of experience in local public health. Allan served as NACCHO President in 2013–2014 and has attended 13 NACCHO Annual conferences. In the following post, he describes how the education, relationships, and perspective he gains at NACCHO Annual fuel his work all year long.
I’m a native Clevelander so I am happy to be serving the community at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health. We serve a population of 850,000. I’ve been here for 28 years, working on a wide range of public health programs before becoming the health commissioner in 2004. During my career, I’ve had the opportunity to work with NACCHO at the national level on a variety of issues. I met some well-respected folks early in my career who talked about the value of NACCHO. They shared the importance of being connected to your national peers and how those relationships often open up new opportunities to learn about programs and current trends and to understand the trajectory of public health and where local practice is headed. Those initial conversations with fellow local health officials got me involved. I joined the board and participated on a number of committees. Eventually, in 2012, I ran and was elected president-elect and became president in 2013. Continue reading