Local Approaches to Preventing Teen Dating Violence

By Blaire Bryant, MPH, NACCHO and Melanie Ruhe, MPH, NACCHO

This story originally ran in NACCHO’s Healthy People, Healthy Places blog.

Teen Dating Violence (TDV) – the physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence within a dating relationship – is a serious matter that affects many teenagers. According to a 2011 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey, 23% of females and 14% of males who experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner, first experienced some form of partner violence between the ages of 11 and 17 years. The 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) survey found that approximately 10% of high school students reported physical victimization and 10% reported sexual victimization from a dating partner in the 12 months before they were surveyed. As teens (individuals aging from 13 to 19 years old) mature into adulthood, initial relationships are formative and shape expectations that persist throughout life. Unhealthy experiences can result in negative long- and short-term consequences, therefore it is essential to emphasize teen dating violence prevention early on. Continue reading

NACCHO Annual: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

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

Curbing Opioid Overdose Using Programmatic and Geospatial Data

By Kate Lena, MPH, Linkages to Care Coordinator, AHOPE Needle Exchange Program, Boston Public Health Commission

This is an excerpt from the 2017 NACCHO Exchange Winter Issue on opioids.

Opioid misuse is highly stigmatized and criminalized, making people who inject opioids an especially hard-to-reach, high-risk population and hampering public health surveillance efforts to understand the timing, circumstances, and proximate causes of overdose events. Boston Public Health Commission’s needle exchange program, AHOPE, has spent more than a decade working to overcome those obstacles. Launched in 2006, AHOPE—Massachusetts’s first community Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND) pilot program—distributes harm reduction supplies to people who inject drugs.1 Continue reading

2017 Preparedness Summit: A Must for Public Health Preparedness Professionals

By Claude-Alix Jacob, MPH, NACCHO President and Chief Public Health Officer for the Cambridge Public Health Department (MA)

Our nation’s resilience—how we collectively adapt in the face of adversity—often depends on the strength of individual communities and their ability to respond to and recover from emergencies. Public health preparedness, one of NACCHO’s signature program areas, is a year-round priority. NACCHO’s Preparedness staff collectively provide local health departments (LHDs) and their emergency management partners with resources, tools, and support to ensure their jurisdictions are protected against any risk to community health or safety. Continue reading

Member Spotlight: Local Health Official Doug Mathis Discusses Why Building Relationships Has Been the Highlight of His Career

doug-mathisBy 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 entry features Doug Mathis, MA, Administrator of the Henry County Health Department in New Castle, IN. Mr. Mathis has served on NACCHO committees including the Profile Workgroup, the Ebola Virtual Situation Room, and the Media Champions Network. Mr. Mathis shares his story below. Continue reading

NACCHO Releases 2016 Annual Report

2016-annual-reportNACCHO has released its 2016 Annual Report, which summarizes the association’s significant accomplishments last year. In 2016, NACCHO advanced the work of local health officials and their staffs by building local health department (LHD) capacity, highlighting innovation, advocating for public health priorities, and connecting its members to improve public health practice. NACCHO awarded more than $1 million to 45 demonstration sites, gave $2.5 million to Medical Reserve Corps units through the MRC Challenge Awards, presented 64 workshops and webinars, produced 76 publications, provided more than 420 hours of on-on-one technical assistance, and hosted three major conferences attended by more than 4,000 total participants. The report also describes the ways in which the association’s values of leadership, excellence, health equity, participation, and innovation have guided NACCHO in advancing the work of LHDs in 2016. Read the full report on NACCHO’s Annual Reports webpage.

NACCHO Partners with the EPA to Advance Environmental Health at the Local Level

epa-mou-group-cropped-293x300By Anastasia Sonneman, NACCHO Communications Specialist

This story originally ran in NACCHO’s Health People, Health Places blog.

The first month of 2017 marked the beginning of a very exciting and timely collaboration, between NACCHO and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Dr. Thomas Burke, EPA Senior Advisor and Deputy Assistant Director for the Office of Research and Development, hosted NACCHO leadership at the agency’s Washington, D.C.-based headquarters to sign on to a Memorandum of Agreement (MOU), committing to join EPA efforts to advance environmental health, particularly with a focus on local communities and public health. Continue reading