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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:

In the Spotlight

On December 19, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that Karen DeSalvo, Health Commissioner of the New Orleans Health Department and NACCHO Board Member, had been chosen to be the next National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, starting in January. Congratulations to Dr. DeSalvo. More »

Survive and Thrive Graduates Canvass Capitol Hill

On December 12, 2013, a record number of local health officials met with their Congressional staff and Members of the United States Congress as an optional part of NACCHO's Survive and Thrive program for new and aspiring health officials. The 89 local health officials met with nearly 100 Congressional offices representing 30 states to discuss the role of local health departments in ensuring the health of communities. Graduates also shared their personal story of what how federal budget cuts affect their ability to keep their community safe and healthy.

To get involved, sign up for NACCHO's Congressional Action Network. You can also learn about the issues NACCHO is currently involved in at the Legislative Action Center.

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 »

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