Interim Executive Director and Chief of Government Affairs Laura Hanen, MPP

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About Laura Hanen, MPP

Laura Hanen is the Interim Executive Director and Chief of Government Affairs for the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) in Washington, D.C. The National Association of County and City Health Departments is the voice of the approximately 2,800 local health departments across the country. 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. Ms.Hanen’s primary responsibilities are to oversee policy development, federal lobbying, and the Big Cities Health Coalition. Ms. Hanen joined NACCHO in March of 2011.  

Prior to coming to NACCHO, Ms. Hanen was the Director of Government Relations for the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors for eleven years. Ms. Hanen was the Senior Lobbyist for the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Ms. Hanen was a legislative assistant for Congressman Rick Boucher of the Ninth District of Virginia. Ms Hanen was also a legislative assistant in the Government Relations Department of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization. 

Ms. Hanen received her Bachelor's degree from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana and a Master's degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Here is Ms. Hanen's statement on the House of Representatives passage of the American Health Care Act bill.

Ms. Hanen is quoted in this Health Day story on health disparities in the U.S.

Ms. Hanen is quoted in this Minneapolis Star-Tribune about the Trump Administration's opioids crisis story.

Ms. Hanen is quoted in this Advisory Board article on the opioid crisis.

Ms. Hanen is quoted in this Politico story on the opioid crisis.

Ms. Hanen is quoted in this Associated Press story that was syndicated in more than 400 news outlets.

Ms. Hanen is the author of NACCHO's statement on Repeal and Replace of the Affordable Care Act reprinted by the Seattle Facts newspaper.

Ms. Hanen's Q&A on the Affordable Care Act was published by Efficient Government.

Ms. Hanen's op-ed on the value of vaccines was published by The Hill newspaper.

Ms. Hanen is quoted in this STAT News story about Zika funding.