NACCHO Annual 2017: Bridging Clinical Medicine and Population Health


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

Shifting Internal Policies and Systems to Create Breastfeeding Continuity of Care

By Carmen Vergara, RN, MPH (ESPERANZA HEALTH CENTERS) and Harumi Reis-Reilly, MS, CNS, CHES, IBCLC (NACCHO)  

Esperanza Health Centers, a former grantee of NACCHO’s Breastfeeding Initiative, is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) on the Southwest side of Chicago. The main population served is predominately low-income and Latino, and families in Esperanza’s service area experience significant economic, educational, and health inequities. Over 70% of area residents live 200% below the poverty level. Esperanza’s main services are adult primary care, pediatrics, prenatal care, and behavioral health. Additional public health services include programs related to children’s weight management, diabetes management, and physical activity. Continue reading

NACCHO Annual 2017 Preview: Transforming Community Health and Managing Multi-Collaborative Solutions for Better Health Outcomes

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

NACCHO Outgoing President Claude-Alix Jacob, MPH, Reflects on His Year at the Helm of NACCHO and Charts a Course for the Future

Interview by Lindsay Tiffany, Lead of Publications, NACCHO

Claude-Alix Jacob, MPH, Chief Public Health Officer for the Cambridge Public Health Department (MA), has served as NACCHO’s President since last July. Jacob is a long-standing and dedicated member of NACCHO and has served on a variety of different advisory groups including the Annual Conference Workgroup, the Health Equity and Social Justice Committee, the Survive and Thrive Workgroup, and the Finance Committee. He has served on NACCHO’s Board of Directors since 2010. He recently spoke to NACCHO Voice about his experience as president, the challenges facing local health departments, and what he is looking forward to doing after his term is over. Continue reading

Connecting Community Data for Population Health: Supporting Use of EHR Data for Community Health Assessments

By Bree Allen, MPH, SHINE Fellow, Office of Health IT, Minnesota Department of Health; Karen Soderberg, MS, Research Scientist, Office of Health IT, Minnesota Department of Health; and Marty Laventure, PhD, Director, Office of Health IT, Minnesota Department of Health

This article is a supplement to the Spring 2017 issue of NACCHO Exchange, which focuses on how local health departments are implementing the concepts of Public Health 3.0 to improve population health. NACCHO thanks the authors for their important contributions. To download the issue, visit and create or log into your MyNACCHO account. Continue reading

Growing Informatics Capabilities at Local Health Departments Can Effectively Address Poor Health Outcomes and Improve Efficiency

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

Member Spotlight: Director and Health Officer Dawn C. Allicock Discusses Innovative Management Models and Addresses the Public Health Effects of Zika and Hurricane Matthew

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 Dawn C. Allicock, MD, MPH, CPH, Director and Health Officer with the Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County. She is a member of NACCHO’s Board of Directors.  Below she shares her background in public health and highlights a few of her greatest accomplishments in the field.

Tell us about your career path in public health.

I have been the Director and Health Officer with the Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County (DOH – St. Johns) since 2004. I have a varied and diverse medical education and public health background that forms my focused vision for public health.

I received a BA from Dartmouth College, an MD from the Eugenio Maria de Hostos University School of Medicine in the Dominican Republic, and an MPH from the University of South Florida, College of Public Health Practice Executive Program. In 2008, as a member of the Charter Class for Voluntary National Certification in Public Health, I became one of the first in the nation to become certified in public health. I completed my pediatric residency training at the University of Missouri, Columbia and I am licensed to practice medicine in Florida, Texas, and Nebraska. I am board certified in urgent care medicine and board eligible in pediatrics. Continue reading