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NACCHO Launches MRC Connect – the First Social Media Application for the Medical Reserve Corps
 
WASHINGTON, DC (October 16, 2014)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Surgeon General and Rallyware, a San Francisco-based technology startup, have launched MRC Connect, the first social media application for the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). MRC Connect enhances and simplifies information sharing about public health preparedness and emergency response best practices among 1,000 MRC unit coordinators across the United States and most U.S. territories.
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Revealing Report Shows Multiple Violations After Water Facility Inspections
 

Portland, Ore., (October 13, 2014)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and Axiall Water Treatment Group, which is a part of Axiall Corporation (NYSE: AXLL) released "Looking for Trouble—Seeing Eye-to-Eye with Health Inspectors," a report on commercial pool operations and inspections that highlights multiple violations in pool water safety. The report contains findings and recommendations from a 2014 comprehensive survey of aquatic health officals from across the United States and was released at the annual World Aquatic Health™Conference (WAHC) in Portland, Oregon. More»

 
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NACCHO Awards Local Health Department Innovation and Public Health Leadership
 

Atlanta (July 9, 2014)
As part of its 2014 Annual Conference, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) today honored the outstanding efforts and accomplishments of local health departments and public health leaders from across the country. Each of the winners demonstrated innovative ways to improve the health and safety outcomes of the communities they serve. NACCHO announced three awards –the Local Health Department of the Year, "Mo" Mullet Lifetime of Service, and Model Practices. More»

 

 
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NACCHO Annual Examines the Intersection of Policy, Innovation, and Science in a New Era of Public Health
 

Washington, DC (July 7, 2014)
Local health department leaders, public health partners, and invited guests will convene at the
largest gathering of local health officials in the United States, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Annual Conference, on July 8-10th in Atlanta. NACCHO is the only national organization that holds meetings to specifically address the needs and concerns of local health departments. Attendees from all geographic regions of the nation will gather to share ideas and hear from national, regional, state, and local health officials about the future of public health practice. This year's annual meeting theme is "The New Era of Public Health: Science, Innovation, Policy." The sessions will provide an interactive setting for local health officials and their public health partners to examine strategies, share ideas, and plan actions to sustain or reinvent their organizations in this new era. More»

 

 
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NACCHO Announces the 2014-15 Officers and Board of Directors
 
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is proud to announce the 2014-2015 election results for NACCHO officers and Board of Directors. Georgia F. Heise, DrPH, Director of the Three Rivers District Health Department in Owenton, KY will become NACCHO President. Swannie Jett, DrPH, MSc, Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health in Seminole County will move into the role of President-Elect. Claude-Alix Jacob, MPH, Chief Public Health Officer for the City of Cambridge, MA will become NACCHO's newly elected Vice President. Terry Allan, RS, MPH, Health Commissioner for Cuyahoga County Board of Health in Northeast Ohio will serve as Immediate-Past President. The full NACCHO Board of Directors is listed below. This esteemed group of public health leaders will commence their official responsibilities on July 1, 2014. More»  
 
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NACCHO Commends EPA and Calls for Swift Action to Address Climate Change Impact on Public Health
 

Washington, DC (June 2, 2014)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) supports regulations announced today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that aim to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. The Clean Power Plan is the first to place limits on carbon emissions from existing power plants and make strides to decrease carbon pollution, which scientists cite as a primary cause of dangerous climate change that impacts human health. Implementation of these regulations will also reduce pollutants that can cause asthma attacks, heart attacks, cancer, birth defects and premature death. More»

 

 
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Survey Finds Health Risk Violations in Public Water Facilities Nationwide
 

Washington, D.C. (May 27, 2014)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) recently completed a comprehensive survey of aquatic health officials across the United States on their protocols and experiences in inspecting the thousands of recreational water facilites. The study and final report, funded by the Accu-Tab™Chlorination System,which is a part of the Water Treatment Products business of Axiall Corporation (NYSE: AXLL), will be released in late summer.  More »
 
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ePublic Health: The Future is Now
 

Washington, D.C. (April 22, 2014)
More than 800 representatives from public health, healthcare, private sector technology firms, and academia will share research findings, best practices, and resources to navigate a new era of health information exchange at the 2014 Public Health Informatics Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, from April 29 to May 1, 2014. Public health informatics uses technology to protect and ensure the health of individuals and communities across the nation. The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are sponsoring the conference. More».

 
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Stronger Together: Aligning Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness Capabilities to Protect Our Communities
 

Washington, D.C. (March 27, 2014)
Over 1,500 leaders from local, state, and federal public health and healthcare will attend the 2014 Preparedness Summit at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Georgia, from April 1-4. This year's theme is "Stronger Together: Aligning Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness Capabilities to Protect Our Communities." The keynote speaker is Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sheri Fink, who will share insights from her latest book, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm Ravaged Hospital, a compelling account of her landmark investigation of patient deaths at a New Orleans hospital ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. Prominent Summit sessions will focus on the long-term effects of mass casualty events, such as Super Storm Sandy and the Oklahoma City and Boston Marathon bombings. More »

 
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NACCHO Applauds CVS Caremark’s Decision to Pull Tobacco Products from Shelves
 

Washington, DC (February 5, 2014)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) applauds the bold action by CVS Caremark to end the sale of all tobacco products at its more than 7,600 stores throughout the United States. More »

 
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NACCHO and the Office of the Surgeon General Enhance Volunteer Local Public Health Initiatives
 

WASHINGTON, DC (Jan. 16, 2014)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Surgeon General, has selected 29 volunteer Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) units to receive MRC Challenge Awards, totaling nearly $600,000. The awards support MRC units to develop new projects and programs that can be replicated on a national level in one of four focus areas: chronic disease prevention, community resilience, mental and emotional well-being, and partners for empowered communities. More»

 
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Latest NACCHO Economic Survey Reveals Local Health Departments Still Recovering from Recession 
 

Washington, DC (September 11, 2013) 

The newest economic surveillance study conducted by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) reveals that America's local health departments have lost 43,900 jobs through layoffs or attrition since 2008, and despite modest improvement, they are still struggling to recover from the country's economic recession, with 48 percent of survey respondents reporting reductions in, or elimination of, services in at least one program area and 27 percent reporting budget cuts in 2012. More »                                                                   

 
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NACCHO Mourns the Loss of Hawaii State Department of Health Director
 

Washington, DC (December 13, 2013)
NACCHO is saddened by the recent loss of Loretta 'Deliana' Fuddy, ACSW, MPH, director of the Hawaii State Department of Health, who died tragically in a small plane crash on Wednesday, December 11, 2013. Deliana's career in public health and health services spanned more than three decades.  Prior to serving as the director of the Health Department, she was the Chief, Family Health Services Division. More »

 
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NACCHO Supports Strong and Comprehensive Federal Menu Labeling Regulations
 

Washington, DC (September 4, 2013)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and local health departments across the country support efforts to address obesity through policy changes that improve nutrition and physical activity, and we urge the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to finalize a strong and comprehensive federal menu labeling rule as required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148) as quickly as possible. Today a letter signed by NACCHO and 65 local health departments was delivered to the White House calling on the Obama Administration to finalize menu labeling regulations without delay.
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NACCHO Announces Local Health Department of the Year Awards
 

Washington, D.C. (July 16, 2013)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is pleased to announce the first Local Health Department of the Year Awards. Three winners representing different jurisdiction sizes: Crook County Public Health Department, Prineville, OR; Gaston County Health Department, Gastonia, NC; and Denver Public Health Department, Denver, CO were honored during the Grand Award Ceremony at the NACCHO Annual Conference in Dallas on Thursday, July 11. More »

 
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Model Practice Award Given to 38 Outstanding Local Health Departments
 

Washington, D.C. (July 11, 2013)
As part of its 2013 annual conference,the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) will honor 38 local health departments across the country for implementing programs that demonstrate exemplary and replicable outcomes in response to an identified public health need. Each project receiving a Model Practice award was reviewed by a committee of peers (other local health department professionals) and selected from a group of 101 applications.
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NACCHO Annual Features Insightful Keynotes on the Affordable Care Act and the Future of Federal Funding
 


Washington, DC (July 1, 2013)
Local health department leaders, public health partners, and invited guests will convene in Dallas at the
largest gathering of local health officials in the United States, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Annual Conference. In plenary sessions, attendees will hear from national, regional, state and local health officials about the relationship between the Affordable Care Act and the work of local health departments, as well as the future of federal funding to support the nation's public health system. More»

 
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NACCHO Announces 2013-14 Vice President and Board of Directors
 

Washington DC (June 14, 2013)

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is proud to announce the 2013-2014 election results for NACCHO Vice President and Board of Directors. Swannie Jett, DrPH, MSc, Health Officer for Florida Department of Health in Seminole County is the newly-elected Vice President. Below is a full list of members of NACCHO's Board. This esteemed group of public health leaders will commence their official responsibilities on July 1, 2012. More»

 
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NACCHO Troubled by HHS Change For Prevention and Public Health Fund
 

Washington DC (April 15, 2013)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is concerned with the Department of Health and Human Services’ decision to divert funding for important public health initiatives to health care enrollment activities. More »

 
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NACCHO Has a New President
 

Washington, DC (April 1, 2013)
Terry Allan, RS, MPH, Health Commissioner for the Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) in Northeast Ohio, became NACCHO’s new President on April 1. Former President John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH, CPH vacated the position prior to the end of his term to accept an appointment from Washington Governor Jay Inslee to become the state’s Secretary of Health. Georgia F. Heise, DrPH, Director of the Three Rivers Health Department in Owenton, Kentucky also became NACCHO’s new President-elect on April 1. More »

 
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Strengthening Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness: Lessons from the Aurora Shootings and Hurricane Sandy
 
Washington, DC (March 7, 2013)
Over 1,500 local, state, and federal public health leaders will attend the 2013 Public Health Preparedness Summit at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Georgia, from March 12-15. This year’s theme is “Strengthening Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness through Innovation, Integration, and Implementation.” Two prominent Summit sessions will focus on lessons learned from responses to the Aurora mass shooting and Hurricane Sandy. More »
 
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NACCHO Commends Congress for Protecting the Public from Disease Outbreaks, Emergencies and Other Disasters
 

Washington, DC (March 4, 2013)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) commends Congress for reauthorizing the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA). PAHPA’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness grants to state and local health departments are critical to ensuring that local health departments are able to prepare communities for disasters, respond if emergencies occur, and lend support throughout the recovery process. From labs identifying a new disease strain to distributing vaccines and drugs during a pandemic, local health departments depend on the programs authorized by PAHPA. More »

 
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NACCHO Applauds 11 Public Health Departments Receiving New National Accreditation
 

Washington, DC (March 4, 2013)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) congratulates the first nine local and two state health departments that have received accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). Each went through a rigorous assessment process to become accredited. More »

 
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Sequester Puts the Health of Local Health Departments and All Americans at Risk
 

Washington, D.C. (March 1, 2013)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is disappointed that Congress and the White House could not come to a resolution on across-the-board cuts in federal discretionary spending. The resulting cuts to local and state health department services will put the health, education, safety, and security of all Americans at risk. More »

 

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