Public Health Advocacy
NACCHO informs policymakers of the critical role local health departments play in keeping our communities healthy and safe.
As the national voice for local health departments, NACCHO:
Tell Congress to Stop Cuts to LHDs
On March 1, automatic cuts to federal spending known as the sequester went into effect. The US Department of Health and Human Services estimates that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be cut by approximately $350 million over the next six months. With two-thirds of CDC's funding going to state and local health departments and other community partners, cuts to communities could be as high as $230 million. More information is available here.
Your voice is needed to make the case for why these cuts are too extreme. Send a letter to your Representative and Senators today (NACCHO provides a sample letter to personalize with details from your community.) More »
FY2014 President's Budget
On April 10, President Obama released his FY2014 proposed budget.
NACCHO provides an analysis of the budget and how the proposed funding levels would affect local health departments and the public's health. More »
Public Health Logo
LHDs can make themselves more visible and recognizable to external audiences—policymakers, the media, and the public—through communications, marketing, and branding. Critical to these fundamental concepts are the strategies, tactics, messages, and supporting visual elements, which can all be found here.
NACCHO and Local Health Departments in the News
The media continues to focus on the tough decisions that local health departments have to make in these lean budget times—from eliminating jobs to cutting vital health services. This collection of news stories featuring NACCHO and local health department leaders may be the first-ever publicly-available, comprehensive collection of media coverage of local public health. More »
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