Announcements

  • Faces of Local Public Health

    The “Faces of Local Public Health” will be a monthly post on the NACCHO website that highlights the achievements of active members. This post will include a member’s brief biography, professional photo, and description of their success story. 

    Eligibility: Open to all staff at local health departments that are active, dues-paying members. To check membership status, email membership@naccho.org. 

    If you have any questions on the process, please contact membership@naccho.org and include "Faces of Local Public Health" in the subject line, or call 202-507-4250. 

    Thank you for taking the time to support the membership efforts of NACCHO. All nominations will be reviewed by the Membership Committee, chaired by Winnie Holland, HELM Program Director at Clay Behavioral Health Center.
  • NDPP Community of Practice Call - Disability Inclusion Resources


    March 15, 2018
    2:00-3:00 pm (EST)

    Call-in:
    1-866-740-1260
    Code 5074275
    http://naccho.adobeconnect.com/ndppcop/
  • Information to Insight: An Overview of NACCHO’s Research and Evaluation Consulting Services

    Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018
    Program: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET
    Register: http://bit.ly/2G9guiX
    More information: consulting@naccho.org


    Research and evaluation are critical to ensuring the success of your agency and helping your community thrive! NACCHO’s Research and Evaluation team includes Ph.D. and Masters-prepared individuals with expertise to make the results of any investigation or program evaluation useful, offering practical assistance to help you implement and share the things you learn. Join speakers Johnnetta Davis-Joyce, Debra Dekker, and Nick Williams from the National Association of County and City Health Officials as they provide an overview of research and evaluation consulting services.
  • NextGen Public Service Awards

    From Maine to Alaska, there are state and local govies across the country who have dedicated their lives to serving their communities. However, their stories of hard work, innovation and persistence can go unnoticed and unappreciated.

    We think these stories deserve more acknowledgment, which is why we host the NextGen Public Service Awards every year. 

    Nominate Your Peers for the NextGen Public Service Awards

    Have anyone in mind that is a picture of outstanding public service? Then take a few moments to nominate them for a NextGen Public Service Award. Nominations close in two weeks on Friday, February 9, so make sure you get your nomination in today.

    Submit a nomination now: https://go.govloop.com/2018-nextgen-awards-nominations.html
  • Abstract, Symposium, And Workshop Submissions

    We invite abstract, symposium, and workshop submissions December 1, 2017 through March 2, 2018 by 11:59 PM PST for the 2018 CityMatCH Leadership and MCH Epidemiology Conference.

    Submission Steps
    Complete and manage your abstract, symposium, and workshop this year through our online portal. Follow the steps outlined below as a guide. Please note that all submissions must be completed by March 2, 2018, no later than 11:59 PM PST to be considered.

    1.    Review descriptions for each submission option that is of interest:
    Abstract Description (Oral and Poster)​ Abstract Scoring Criteria
    Workshop Description
    Symposium Description
    2.    View the How to Tutorial to assist with your submission
    3.    Start your Online Submission
  • Next Rural Health Section Call

    May 17, 2018
    2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET

    Teleconference: 303-248-0285
    Access code: 5074250

    Webinar Link
    http://naccho.adobeconnect.com/ruralhealthsection/
  • Introduction to NACCHO’s Rural Health Section

    January 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

    Teleconference: 303-248-0285, access code: 5074250
    Webinar Link: http://naccho.adobeconnect.com/ruralhealthsection/
  • Future Public Health Leaders Program

    The Future Public Health Leaders Program (FPHLP) is a CDC-funded program, designed to encourage underrepresented college students to consider careers in public health. The program is a 10-week residential summer program beginning on May 21st and runs through July 27th. Applications are now open and are due January 31, 2018.
  • Registration Open!

    2018 National Diabetes Prevention Program 1422 Sub-Awardee Meeting

    June 21-22, 2018 
    Atlanta, Georgia

    Click here to register
  • January Computer Modeling Program RealOpt POD Training Session

    Join NACCHO for the upcoming RealOpt POD training session on Jan. 25 from 1-4 p.m., ET. The free virtual class is designed to provide participants with a better understanding of the functions of the RealOpt computer modeling program and its usefulness in validating POD throughput rates and staff resource allocations. The CDC Diversion of State and Local Readiness (DSLR) encourages POD managers, local and state MCM planners, and other preparedness staff members to enroll in this three-hour course through CDC Train.
  • CDC Study Links Rise in Hepatitis C Infections to Opioid Epidemic

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

     

    Contact

    Theresa Spinner

    Director, Media and Public Relations

    Direct:  202-783-5551

    tspinner@naccho.org 

     

     

    CDC Study Links Rise in Hepatitis C Infections to Opioid Epidemic

    NACCHO Supports Comprehensive Prevention and Treatment Services to
    Limit New Hepatitis C Infections and Address Substance Use Disorder  

     

    Washington, DC, December 21, 2017 — New research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), published today in the American Journal of Public Health, strongly suggests that the national increase in new hepatitis C infections is associated with the nation’s opioid epidemic, posing a long-term public health threat. Particularly steep increases are seen among young people, white people, and women.  Injection drug use is the primary risk factor for the spread of hepatitis C. The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), representing the nation’s nearly 3,000 local governmental health departments, supports comprehensive prevention and treatment services, including syringe services programs, to reduce harms from injection drug use and opioid use disorder.

    Local health departments have a long history of addressing the hepatitis C, as well as HIV, prevention needs of persons who inject drugs, and are critical to the implementation and scale-up of comprehensive prevention services for people who use drugs. “Data have shown syringe services programs can limit the spread of infectious disease and protect public health,” said epidemiologist Oscar Alleyne, DrPH, MPH, NACCHO Senior Advisor. In addition to providing sterile needles, syringes, and other injection equipment, these community-based public health programs also provide safe disposal containers for needles and syringes, hepatitis C testing, education about overdose prevention, and referral to substance use disorder treatment, as well as medical, mental health, and social services. These programs are critical, not just for addressing the spread of infectious diseases, but also for responding to the nation’s opioid crisis. People who inject drugs are five times as likely to enter treatment for substance use disorder and more likely to reduce or stop injecting when they use a syringe service program.  

    In addition to ensuring access to syringe services programs to reverse these disturbing trends, we must also expand the availability of hepatitis C testing and ensure that individuals testing positive are linked to care and have access to curative hepatitis C treatment. Local health departments, alongside healthcare providers and community partners, must work together to establish integrated health services to reduce new infections and increase access to substance use disorder treatment.

    For local health departments to provide these critical services, additional resources aimed at the local level are needed. Federal funding for hepatitis at the CDC is insufficient to address the growing need in the current parallel epidemics of hepatitis C and opioid use disorder. Further, access to treatment can be challenging, due to costs and other restrictions, which is especially true for persons who inject drugs. In many states, Medicaid programs have discriminatory restrictions that restrict people who inject drugs from receiving treatment.

    Failure to act on the findings of this study will have significant consequences for our communities. “Without appropriate federal, state, and local funding and public policies, local health departments will struggle to implement effective public health interventions to prevent and treat viral hepatitis,” said Alleyne. “We created an online educational series to increase the knowledge and capacity for local health departments to address hepatitis C.  These are practical examples of how local health departments can leverage existing resources to support and promote sensible policies aimed at treating hepatitis C.  And, of course, we will continue to call attention to the fundamental role of local health departments in battling infectious disease threats as the first line of defense in protecting community health.”

    To read NACCHO’s policy statement on Syringe Services Programs, click here.

     

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  • 2018 Prosperity Indiana Summit and Statehouse Day

    The 2018 Prosperity Indiana Summit and Statehouse Day will be held January 23-24, 2018, at the Sheraton Indianapolis City Center Hotel. The focus of this annual gathering of Prosperity Indiana’s members and partners will be the intersection of community health and community development.
  • Support Continued Use of Science at CDC

    Dear Colleagues,

    By this point, I’m sure many of you have read the Washington Post article and other media accounts related to potential efforts to discourage the use of certain language in the materials developed to support CDC’s FY19 budget request. While it is unclear where the direction originated and both HHS and CDC have denied the existence of any “banned words”, many in the public health community believe this is an important opportunity to weigh in with HHS leadership to show strong support for CDC and to call on HHS leaders to ensure that CDC and other agency staff are able to use appropriate, established and clear language in explaining the important work of CDC’s programs.

    To that end, several public health organizations have come together to develop this organizational sign on letter to HHS Acting Secretary Eric Hargan expressing concern about the reports and requesting a further explanation from HHS.

     If you would like to sign your national, state or local organization on to the letter, you can do so by filling out this form by 12:00 pm (noon) on Thursday, December 21.

     Thanks in advance for your consideration.
  • 2018 NACCHO Annual - Call for Abstracts

    The NACCHO Annual Conference Workgroup seeks sharing session proposals for the 2018 NACCHO Annual Conference, July 10 – 12, in New Orleans. This year’s theme is “Unleashing the Power of Local Public Health.” The conference provides attendees the opportunity to share the latest research and ideas, network, and test their assumptions about the issues and topics that specifically concern their organizations.
  • PHAP: Host Site and Associate Application Periods Open January 2nd

    Let Prospective Host Sites Know

    The host site application period will be open January 2–18, 2018. Prospective host sites must be able to host an associate from October 2018 to October 2020.

     

    There are numerous benefits to serving as a PHAP host site, including—

    ·        Gaining CDC-funded field assignees who bring valuable skills and who are well-rounded, energetic, flexible, career-minded individuals with unlimited potential

    ·        Forming a unique partnership with CDC to develop the next generation of the public health workforce

    ·        Filling workforce gaps caused by budget cuts and staffing shortages
  • SOPHE Internship Program

    The SOPHE Internship Program offers participants an opportunity to gain valuable experience in a nonprofit health education organization serving over 4,000 members globally.
    Internship candidates provide essential administrative support, but other responsibilities vary depending on time of year.

    Many internship candidates are studying:

    Public health
    Health policy
    Health promotion
    Health education
    The program can also provide outstanding background for students studying:

    Hospitality
    Marketing
    Communications
    Consideration for students without a public health background is handled on a case-by-case basis.

    SOPHE invites anyone to apply, although most internship candidates are either currently in college or graduate school, or recent graduates.

    NEW! Application Deadlines for 2018 Sessions

    January – April: October 1, 2017
    May – August: January 31, 2018
    September – December: May 15, 2018

    Send applications to HR@sophe.org
  • 2018 Crumbine Award Guidlines Released

    March 15, 2018, is the deadline for the entry, which should be submitted electronically by email to
    FoodSafetyInfo@naccho.org. A file hosting service, such as Dropbox, may also be utilized for
    electronic submission. Documents should be in PDF as well as Microsoft Word.
  • Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships Webinar

    Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) is a community-driven strategic planning process. Join speakers Mary Kate Allee from the National Association of County and City Health Officials and Amy Fagan from Wichita County Public Health District to learn about this assessment and planning framework. The webinar will explore the definition of MAPP and share an overview of the Wichita County MAPP process.
  • 2017 Network Profile of the MRC Released

    NACCHO Releases the 2017 Network Profile of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)

    NACCHO has released the 2017 Network Profile of the Medical Reserve Corps report, a comprehensive look at the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) network— highlighting challenges, innovative solutions, successes, and evolving capabilities. As the MRC celebrates its 15-year anniversary, NACCHO launched the third national survey in spring 2017 to investigate the networks capabilities and impact.

     

    With more than 769 units participating, and a response rate of 82%, research revealed the network continues to contribute to the nation’s health and safety through a commitment to local public health, emergency preparedness, and response efforts. It also includes outside perspectives on the network from local health department emergency preparedness coordinators, and demonstrates the capabilities of the MRC from the local to the national level.

    View the full report and companion pieces at http://bit.ly/2017MRCNetworkProfile.
  • Kansas Infectious Disease Symposium 2018

    Join leaders in public health, emergency response, preparedness and healthcare to learn how highly infectious disease outbreaks (including zoonotic diseases and foodborne illness) are contained and managed in the state of Kansas and the Midwest. Network with local, state and federal partners to share information on how to plan for disease outbreaks and maintain readiness in your jurisdiction. This event is for public/environmental health, healthcare leaders and providers, school nurses, emergency management, first responders, law enforcement, healthcare coalitions and elected officials. 

    When: May 10-11, 2018
  • NACCHO’s 2017 Forces of Change

    NACCHO’s 2017 Forces of Change survey assesses the impact of a variety of trends affecting change in local health departments (LHDs).
  • Public Health Will Be Endangered By Proposed Tax Reform Bill

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact
    Theresa Spinner
    Director, Media and Public Relations Direct: 202-783-5551
    tspinner@naccho.org

    Public Health Will Be Endangered by Proposed Tax Reform Bill

    Washington, DC, November 16, 2017 – The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), representing nearly 3,000 local governmental health departments, urges Congress to revise tax reform plans that will result in severe cuts to public health programs.

    The proposed tax cuts may result in the near elimination of the Prevention and Public Health Fund, due to automatic reductions in response to deficit spending triggered by the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010 (SPAYGO). This would result in deep cuts to local health departments’ activities, including funding that supports response to ongoing infectious disease outbreaks including Hepatitis A, mumps, and measles. “Our communities deserve better. Local health departments depend on the continued financial support provided by the Prevention and Public Health Fund, which is absolutely critical to their success,” said Laura Hanen, MPP, NACCHO Interim Executive Director and Chief of Government Affairs.

    In addition, the tax plan removes the Affordable Care Act (ACA) individual mandate provision. “Taking away the individual mandate in the ACA could further destabilize insurance markets, and limit healthcare access for the most vulnerable Americans,”

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    continued Hanen. “The proposed tax plans in the House and Senate would make healthcare access for everyone more expensive.”

    The Prevention and Public Health Fund makes up 12% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) funding. Among the CDC programs at risk are the 317 Immunization Program, Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, and Diabetes Prevention.

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    The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) represents the nation's nearly 3,000 local governmental health departments. These city, county, metropolitan, district, and tribal departments work every day to protect and promote health and well-being for all people in their communities. For more information about NACCHO, please visit www.naccho.org.
  • NACCHO in the News - Randall Addresses Congress on Opioids

    According to the National Association of County and City Health Officials, overdoses caused by opioids—both prescription and illicit—are responsible for the deaths of 91 Americans every day. The event, sponsored by the National Association of County and City Health Officials, the National Association of Counties, and the United States Conference of Mayors, was meant to highlight the importance of federal, state, and local partnerships to combat the epidemic.
  • PHAP - Accepting Applications Jan. 2-8, 2018 for Public Health Associate

    The Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is accepting applications January 2-18, 2018 to host a public health associate starting in October 2018. PHAP is a two-year training program with the mission to train and provide experiential learning to early-career public health professionals.

    CDC developed a two-part technical assistance webinar series for potential host organizations to learn more about PHAP and applying to host an associate:

    PHAP 101: Overview of PHAP—Does My Site Want to Host an Associate?
    PHAP 201: Strategic Development of a Quality PHAP Training Experience—the CO-STARR Model
     
    Questions about PHAP can be e-mailed to phap@cdc.gov.
  • Watch NACCHO's Live Briefing Today, Nov. 13th at 3PM EST

    NACCHO is hosting a briefing on the issue of prevention and opioid misuse. 

    You can watch it live at 3:00 PM EST on NACCHO's YouTube Channel.
  • Youth Violence Prevention: Local Public Health Approach

    Calondra D. Tibbs, MPH; Dedra Layne, MSW, LGSW; Blaire Bryant, MPH; Margaret Carr, BS;
    Melanie Ruhe, MPH; Sheree Keitt, MPH; Jonathan Gross, MPH, CPH