Announcements

  • Upcoming Continuity of Care webinar: Navigating Organizational Change for Breastfeeding Success

    Navigating Organizational Change for Breastfeeding Success Webinar, Thursday, March 14 at 2:00pm ET

    This webinar focuses on internal continuity of care to help create a breastfeeding ecosystem, and addresses the organizational systems change we need to implement a seamless lactation safety net within groups that serve parents and babies. Speakers will provide an overview of the greater continuum of care primary care practices and Patient Centered Medical Home models for breastfeeding, and explore examples of replicable models that can be used to improve breastfeeding rates within your organization.

    Continuing education for MDs, RNs, CHESs, IBCLC/CLCs, RDNs and CEUs available, To register, click here:
  • 2018 Election Recap: What Does It Mean for Public Health?

    As expected, the 2018 election results will bring great change to Congress in January 2019. But the impact of the changes in Washington have a ripple effect in local communities. Here is a rundown of what happened and what it means for public health.
  • Welcome to PIPL

    Hi all,

    Welcome to NACCHO's new Performance Improvement Peer Learning Network, or PIPL, as in “people”. PIPL is a virtual community for performance improvement practitioners, including people who work in the areas of accreditation preparation, quality improvement, performance management, CHA/CHIP, and health equity. 

    See below for FAQs about PIPL.

    Q: Will the MAPP Virtual Network still exist?
    A: The MAPP Network will now be part of PIPL. As the Performance Improvement team prepares new MAPP content this year, stay tuned for announcements about new MAPP modules through the PIPL Virtual Community, where you will have the opportunity to ask questions of fellow PI practitioners and NACCHO staff.

    Q: Will the ACLC still exist?
    A: Yes. Accreditation coordinators from local health departments that have applied to PHAB are invited to join NACCHO’s Accreditation Coordinators Learning Community. This group provides a space for accreditation coordinators to network with peers, share effective practices and lessons learned, and participate in a virtual community. To learn more about the Accreditation Coordinators Learning Community, please contact accreditprep@naccho.org.

    Q: Why should I join?
    A: PIPL will allow members to:
    • Engage with fellow PI practitioners on performance improvement topics, 
    • Ask NACCHO staff questions about NACCHO tools, including Mobilizing Action for Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) and the Quality Improvement Roadmap (QI Roadmap), and
    • Receive announcements and reminders about upcoming events, webinars, and new resources from NACCHO and partners.
  • GIS Opportunity

    Register for Virtual GIS Trainings for State and Local Health Departments

    This fall we are excited to offer two new webinar-based trainings focused on developing practical mapping, analysis and communication skills using ArcGIS Pro & ArcGIS Online. Each webinar will take place over the course of 6 working days (Tuesday-Tuesday), including a virtual training, Q&A session, and homework. For training objectives and logistics, please see the NACDD GIS webpage. Participants can sign up for one or two modules.  Registration is first-come, first-served and limited to 25 participants.

     

    If you are unsure about signing up for either, please contact Joshua Tootoo @ jt28@rice.edu for a conversation about your skills and whether a workshop is right for you.

     

    Webinar 1: Tuesday, October 30 to Tuesday, November 2

    Introduction to ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online                                                REGISTER HERE

    For those with little or no GIS experience/skills. In this one-week intensive web-based GIS training course, we will discuss how to manage a map project and symbolize data in ArcGIS Pro. You will explore the ways ArcGIS Pro works with ArcGIS Online to assist map creation and sharing.

     

    Webinar 2: Tuesday November 27 to Tuesday December 4

    Understanding geographic access through proximity-based analyses      REGISTER HERE

    For those with at least an intermediate level of GIS experience/skills. In this module we will consider the concepts of access with respect to healthcare and resources. We will compare and contrast different techniques for measuring the ease at which healthcare and resources can be reached in space; and also apply methods that quantify geographic accessibility for populations of interest and communicate your results in a map.
    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScTA4TtIx_iYWXMzrdRPpOJ75lmMjVVcfw2GbeOlz_LqJeQFg/viewform
  • House and Senate Move Forward on FY2019 Appropriations

    The House and Senate Appropriations Committees have started moving forward on their bills to provide FY2019 funding for CDC and other public health agencies.

    NACCHO has provided a summary of the cuts and increases in both the House and Senate bills.
  • NACCHO Supports Policies That Protect Families

    Washington, DC, June 20, 2018 — The National Association of County and City Health Officials, representing nearly 3,000 local governmental health departments across the county, strongly asserts that policies that separate children from their parents or guardians and house them in ways that are inadequate are adverse to the mental and physical health for both individuals and communities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-Kaiser Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) studies have shown childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. ACEs have been linked to risky health behaviors, chronic health conditions, low-life potential, and early death, such experiences lead to important public health consequences for individuals of all ages: infants, children, and adults.
  • A Resource Center for Implementing CDC’s 6|18 Initiative

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 6|18 Initiative: Accelerating Evidence into Action promotes the adoption of evidence-based interventions that can improve health and control costs related to six high-burden, high-cost health conditions — tobacco use, high blood pressure, inappropriate antibiotic use, asthma, unintended pregnancies, and type 2 diabetes. This Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) resource center, made possible through support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is designed to advance implementation of CDC’s 6|18 Initiative by Medicaid, state and local health departments, and other payers and purchasers. It offers practical resources and state examples to guide stakeholders in spending smarter for healthier populations. Learn about state technical assistance activities for CDC’s 6|18 Initiative. New state technical assistance will launch in October 2018 — sign-up for updates.
  • NACCHO’s Kathleen Kelley Named a Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Fellow

    NACCHO’s Kathleen Kelley Named a Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Fellow

    —Cayucos, Calif. Native Is a Program Analyst on the HIV, STI, & Viral Hepatitis Team—
     
    Washington, DC,  June 5, 2018 — The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), representing the nation’s nearly 3,000 local governmental health departments is pleased to announce that Kathleen Kelley has been selected as a 2018 Bloomberg Fellow with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 

    Fellows receive a full scholarship to earn a Master of Public Health or Doctor of Public Health degree. The Bloomberg Fellows program represents an innovative way to train the next generation of public health leaders, as it requires not only a commitment to public health practice from the students, but also a commitment of collaboration from the organizations for which they already work.  Ms. Kelley has been accepted into the part-time MPH program focusing on risks to adolescent health.
  • NACCHO Applauds Senate Committee for Taking Action to Continue Key Public Health Preparedness Progra

    Washington, DC, May 23, 2018 — The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), representing nearly 3,000 local governmental health departments, applauds the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee for approving legislation to reauthorize the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act. The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act (PAHPAI), passed by the committee today, will provide needed stability for the nation’s emergency preparedness and response enterprise. Local health departments prepare communities for disasters, respond when emergencies occur, and lend support throughout the recovery
    process. NACCHO appreciates the committee’s focus on this legislation which is essential to the health security of our nation.
  • National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Reacts to the Santa Fe High School

    Washington, DC, May 22, 2018 — In a scene all-too-frequent in our schools, ten people were killed last Friday in a mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in southeastern Texas. From a young man who had just turned 17 and was preparing to celebrate with
    friends to a Pakistani exchange student working to build bridges between her host and native countries, we are reminded of the vast promise that is lost when children become victims of a shooter’s outrage.
  • Launch of NACCHO's Opioid Epidemic webpage

    In the spirit of  SAMHSA's (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) National Prevention Week, and today's theme of Prevention of Prescription and Opioid Drug Misuse, please find NACCHO's Opioid Epidemic webpage: https://www.naccho.org/programs/community-health/injury-and-violence/opioid-epidemic

    Here you will find the latest information on this modern epidemic and links to NACCHO's additional programs working on the issue. Please feel free to share this link with stakeholders and friends alike.
  • Maricopa County Environmental Services Department Awarded 2018 Crumbine Consumer Protection Award fo

    Washington, DC, May 10, 2018 – The National Association of County and City
    Health Officials (NACCHO), representing nearly 3,000 local governmental health
    departments, is pleased to announce Maricopa County Environmental Services Department
    as the recipient of the 2018 Samuel J. Crumbine Consumer Protection Award for Excellence
    in Food Protection at the Local Level. This award is given annually to local environmental
    health jurisdictions that demonstrate unsurpassed achievement in providing outstanding
    food protection services to their communities.
  • Last Chance—Apply to be on one of NACCHO's Subject Matter Expert Advisory Workgroups

    NACCHO's advisory groups are a primary and recognized vehicle for identifying the opportunities and challenges facing local health departments (LHDs) and the field at large. NACCHO members from all areas of public health come together to explore the many facets of the field and help NACCHO make the best decisions in serving its members, and local public health. 

    NACCHO invites LHD leaders and their staff to apply to help inform and guide NACCHO's projects. Lead by sharing your talents and expertise.

    For more information about NACCHO's advisory groups, email advisorygroups@naccho.org.
  • Now Available: Recording of PPHR-PHAB Webinar

    The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), in partnership with Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), recently hosted a webinar describing the performance improvement processes of Project Public Health Ready (PPHR) recognition and PHAB accreditation. The webinar also connects the two standards-based programs and provides information on tools and resources for local health departments interested in pursuing accreditation.
  • Apply for the 2018 National Health Security Award

    The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) are pleased to announce the third annual National Health Security Award! This award recognizes health departments that have demonstrated significant accomplishments in implementing health security-related initiatives within their jurisdictions. Applications will be accepted now through June 1, 2018. Awardees will be featured in NACCHO’s publications and receive a scholarship to NACCHO Annual.
  • NACCHO's 2017 Annual Report

    We’ve released the 2017 Annual Report, which highlights NACCHO’s accomplishments last year.

    Together, we provided more than 200 hours of technical assistance to LHDs, offered 188 subawards to LHDs and Medical Reserve Corps units, published 75 publications, released six new policy statements, issued 23 Model Practices Awards, and hosted 128 meetings with Members of Congress and their staff—and that’s just the beginning.
  • Register Here: Rural Health Section

    This quarter, the guest speaker is 2017-2018 NACCHO Health & Disability Fellow, Whitney Thurman, MSN, RN who will present on her article “Four Strategies for Rural Health Departments to Engage People with Disabilities”, which is also the topic of her dissertation.
  • Upcoming Webinar: National Institutes of Health (NIH): All of Us Research Program - Wednesday, May 2

    Title: National Institutes of Health (NIH): All of Us Research Program

    Host: American Public Health Association (APHA) and National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)

    Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2018                                                                                           
    Time: 3:00 – 4:30 PM EDT

    Registration Link: http://naccho.adobeconnect.com/registernihallofus/event/registration.html

    About: Please join us for this webinar to inform public health practitioners and key influencers about the All of Us Research Program, as well as the importance of diversity in clinical trial research. APHA and NACCHO are partnering together to increase awareness about the program and its national launch among the public health community. This webinar will include information about ways public health officials can be engaged in this national effort across communities in the United States. Speakers from HCM Strategists, LLC and the American Association on Health Disability (AAHD) will provide an overview of the program, as well as descriptions of efforts currently underway by partners. A question and answer segment will follow presentations.
  • Tips From Former Smokers® (Tips®)

    Today, CDC will begin airing a new round of hard-hitting ads from the Tips From Former Smokers® (Tips®) campaign on national television, in magazines, and online. The 2018 ads feature participants sharing their stories about serious health conditions such as oral, throat and lung cancer, as well as heart disease and stroke, caused or worsened by smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke. Ads from previous years’ campaigns will also run. The 2018 campaign will run for 25 weeks, from April 23rd to October 14th, in every media market in the country. The ads will be available for viewing on the Tips website, along with other useful campaign resources described below.
  • SOPHE Journal: Health Education & Behavior

    View the latest articles from SOPHE: The Society of Public Health Educators.
  • NACCHO’s Preparedness Summit in Atlanta Spotlights National Security, Disaster Response, and Resilie

    Washington, DC, April 12, 2018 — Communities throughout the United States are constantly under threat from unexpected emergencies, such as vector-borne diseases like Zika virus, floods, wildfires, and chemical spills. Each event’s response yields learning opportunities and lessons that can strengthen communities in preparing for the next emergency. By identifying, responding to, and recovering from these ongoing incidents, communities can build the capacity and capabilities to withstand extraordinary, catastrophic events. Local health departments’ ability to adapt to the changing environment is the focus of the National Association of County and City Health Officials’ (NACCHO) 2018 Preparedness Summit, April 17–20, in Atlanta, Georgia: “Strengthening National Health Security: Mastering Ordinary Responses, Building Resilience for Extraordinary Events.” The conference is being held at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.
  • Implementing Model Practices in Your Community: Advancing HIV Prevention and Care

    Join us for the first webinar in the three-part Implementing Model Practices in Your Community series to learn more about innovative approaches to HIV prevention and care. The Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County (DOH-Okaloosa) will discuss their efforts to integrate pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) into their clinical services. Their approach and resources—including an implementation plan, clinical protocols and guidelines, staff toolkits, and documentation guides—have become the model for local health departments across Florida, more than 20 of which have utilized their tools and/or sought guidance directly from DOH-Okaloosa. The Florida Department of Health in Broward County (DOH-Broward) will share their approach to linking HIV positive pregnant women to care, eliminating perinatal transmission of HIV, and ensuring that all HIV exposed newborns are screened after birth. Through improved surveillance, public health detailing, disease intervention, and case management, DOH-Broward is closing the gaps in HIV prevention and care for women and newborns. For more information or to register, visit here or contact Kat Kelley, Program Analyst, HIV, STI, & Viral Hepatitis at 202-507-4223 or kkelley@naccho.org.
  • Webinar: Project Public Health Ready and PHAB Accreditation: making the connections with quality imp

    Webinar: Project Public Health Ready and PHAB Accreditation: making the connections with quality improvement

    When: Wednesday April 11th 3:30pm ET

    Join NACCHO’s Project Public Health Ready and Performance Improvement teams for a webinar on connecting quality improvement to your LHD’s preparedness program! Public Health Accreditation Board’s Standards and Measures are the nationally recognized criteria for state, local, tribal, and territorial health department accreditation. Project Public Health Ready (PPHR) is a criteria based training and recognition program for local health departments focused on all-hazards preparedness. The PPHR criteria are based in a continuous quality improvement model and are referenced in the PHAB Standards and Measures. This webinar will give an overview of the quality improvement processes and specific measures for PHAB and PPHR and provide information on how each program can create and enhance an LHD’s culture of quality improvement. NACCHO staff will also present a PPHR-PHAB crosswalk document that highlights connections between the two standards-based programs.
  • Developing a Community Response Plan for an Outbreak of Hepatitis and HIV among Persons Who Inject D

    Join NACCHO and the LENOWISCO Health District in the Commonwealth of Virginia on Tuesday, April 10 from 3:00 – 4:00 pm ET for a webinar about the development of a community response plan to address vulnerability to the rapid dissemination of hepatitis and HIV among persons who inject drugs (PWID). This webinar will review the process the LENOWISCO Health District undertook to develop its Community Response Plan, including assessing risk, conducting a tabletop exercise, and convening town hall meetings to gather community feedback and increase community knowledge of the infectious disease consequences of the opioid epidemic. The Plan addresses all phases of an emergency situation resulting from a hepatitis or HIV outbreak about PWID – preparedness, response, and recovery – which will be reviewed during the webinar. Learn more about the webinar and/or register to attend. A confirmation email with information on how to join the webinar will be sent to you after you register.
  • America Has A Massive Hepatitis A Problem, And No One Is Talking About It

    The potentially deadly disease is on the rise in homeless and drug-using populations across the country.
  • Take Action to Overturn the 2020 Census Citizenship Question

    As you have probably heard, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced this week that they will be adding a question to the 2020 Census that asks if you are a US citizen. We know that adding a citizenship question will heighten a climate of fear and cause both citizens and non-citizens to not fill out the Census which will have lasting effects on public funding and congressional districts.

     

    Read the Human Impact Partners blog for more information on what we are paying attention to in the Census and how it could impact health and equity.

     

    We promised we would keep you updated about advocacy efforts and there is a lot of work to be done in the coming months. Congress has the ability to overturn this decision and so the focus of national advocacy groups is on Congress.

     

    What you can do:

    Contact your state and local elected officials (governor, state legislators, county officials) and urge them to put pressure on their congressional representatives to overturn this decision
    Call your members of Congress and ask them to overturn this decision (House, Senate)
     

    What health departments can do:

    Health departments can work with legislative staff to educate local elected officials about the importance of the Census for health and equity and urge them to contact their congressional representatives to overturn this decision.

     

    Attached are key talking points and a factsheet that were put together by some of the national advocacy groups working on a fair and accurate count for the 2020 Census.

     

    This will be a long fight and there will be many more opportunities for action. Along with the newly formed Public Health Awakened steering committee, we are exploring the possibility of putting together a Public Health Awakened workgroup that can create our own materials and identify specific ways for public health to engage in this fight as well as other advocacy efforts related to the 2020 Census. If you are interested in a workgroup or an initial conversation on this topic, please email me directly at sari@humanimpact.org.
  • Flu is still hanging around in some regions, CDC warns

    (CNN)You may want to take a little extra time washing your hands if you're visiting relatives this Passover and Easter weekend. Doctors are still seeing a number of patients with flu, but the numbers are declining amid an intense flu season.

    The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed four more flu-associated pediatric deaths in the 12th week of the season, bringing the total to 137 since October. Puerto Rico and 16 states were still seeing widespread flu cases during the week ending March 24, the CDC said Friday in its weekly surveillance report.
  • Show Your Support for the National DPP on Diabetes Alert Day!

    This Diabetes Alert Day, please support prediabetes awareness and the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) by joining Thunderclap! Thunderclap is a tool that shares a single message at the same time on social media to massively amplify its impact.

     

    At 12 noon ET (9 am PT) on March 27, this post will fill social media feeds, just days before Medicare begins covering the National DPP on April 1. The CDC-led National DPP’s lifestyle change program is scientifically proven to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes in people at risk.

     

    Please join Thunderclap before noon on March 27 and feel free to share with friends, family, and other supporters to help get the word out. (Beyond this post, Thunderclap will not use your data or engage your social accounts in any way.) Your participation makes a difference and is truly appreciated!