In the Spotlight
NACCHO and Local Health Departments Applaud Initiative to Help Health Facilities to Prepare for Climate Change
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) was honored to be invited by the White House to discuss its Sustainable and Climate Resilient Health Care Facilities Initiative. NACCHO and local health departments across the country applaud the White House for leading this effort to ensure that people have access to the health care they need and for recognizing that climate change impacts health. More»
Roll Call Editorial: Congress Should Approve Ebola Funding
For months, local health departments have been working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prepare for and respond to the virus at home. As congress faces an important decision about how to continue government funding into the next year, Swannie Jett, president-elect of NACCHO, urges them to approve emergency funding for ebola without delay. More »
Bobby Pestronk's Washington Post Letter to the Editor: Ebola is Here. What’s the Prognosis?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dreaded hearing the words that confirmed the deadly Ebola virus had reached our country. And local health department preparedness planners have been asking an equally daunting question: "Are we ready?" In the Letter to the Editor, Pestronk urges congress to sufficiently and sustainably fund local, state and federal public health agencies. More»
NACCHO President, Georgia Heise, Urges Policymakers to Confront Heroin, Opioid Epidemic
There is a new normal in our communities. For some children, stumbling across used, dirty needles at the park is more common than a pick-up game. Heroin addiction is a big disease with an even bigger negative impact on everyone.
Read NACCHO President, Georgia Heise's opinion editorial on the subject, which appeared in the Courier- Journal on August 26, 2014. In the op-ed Heise urges policymakers to use their leadership to influence public health policies that expand and strengthen prevention for prescription drug abuse, misuse and overdose, and provide funding for local health departments or their system partners to respond to the rising tide of heroin abuse and overdose. More»