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NACCHO Statement on TFAH's "Ready or Not" Report
Washington, DC (December 15, 2009)
The report card on state readiness to respond to public health emergencies, issued today by Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, sounds a warning. Serious underlying gaps have been exposed in the nation's ability to respond to public health emergencies. The economic crisis is straining an already fragile public health system. The nation's local health departments serve on the front lines of public health emergency response. They detect and stop outbreaks of disease and distribute and administer vaccines. Budget cuts and layoffs make it difficult for health departments to keep communities safe and prepared for inevitable public health crises. Preparedness is an ongoing commitment and local health departments need consistent, sustained funding to ensure continuous improvement. More »

 

 
 
 
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Giving Thanks: November 23 Honors NACCHO Public Health Heroes
Washington, DC (November 23, 2009)
As Thanksgiving approaches, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) joins Research!America and other leading U.S. public health organizations in asking Americans to give special thanks to their federal, state, and local "public health heroes" who protect the nation's health throughout the year. These everyday heroes include all of the staff at local health departments nationwide. November 23 marks the nation’s fifth annual Public Health Thank You Day. More »

 

 
 
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Local Health Departments Lose 8,000 More Jobs in First Half of 2009
Washington, DC (September 21, 2009)
Local health departments—the public agencies that work on-the-ground to safeguard their communities against the H1N1 flu virus and other threats to public health—sustained accelerated job losses during the first half of 2009, a new survey shows. Because of budget-related cuts, city, county, and other local health departments eliminated 8,000 staff positions between January and June, according to a survey conducted by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). This loss compounds the disappearance of 7,000 positions in 2008, determined by a previous NACCHO survey, the results of which were announced in January.  Departments lost more jobs in the first six months of 2009 than in all of 2008. More »

 

 
 
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New Recovery Act Funds for Prevention to Jumpstart Proven Local Approaches
Washington, DC (September 17, 2009)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) applauds today's release by the United States Department of Health and Human Services of economic stimulus funds for prevention of chronic disease, known as the Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative. The $373 million announced today, the first installment of a planned $650 million initiative, will enable 30-40 communities nationwide to begin making major changes that have been proven to help people eat better, lose weight, exercise more, and avoid tobacco use. More »
 
 
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NACCHO and CDC Award $3.3 Million to Eight Local Health Departments Selected as Advanced Practice Centers
Washington, DC (September 15, 2009)
Today, NACCHO named a new network of Advanced Practice Centers that will provide health departments across the country with preparedness training and tools that can be quickly and easily integrated into local plans, procedures, and practices to respond to a possible H1N1 pandemic and any other health emergency that may arise. More »

 

 
 
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Three Public Health Leaders Named to NACCHO Executive Board
Washington, DC (August 5, 2009)
Bruce Dart, director of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department in Lincoln, NE, formally assumed the duties of President of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) this week at the Association's annual meeting in Orlando, FL. Also assuming office were Carol Moehrle, district director of the North Central District Health Department in Lewiston, ID, as President-Elect, and Lillian Shirley, director of the Multnomah County Health Department in Portland, OR. More »

 

 
 
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MEDIA ADVISORY: Top Public Health Officials to Keynote NACCHO Annual Conference
Washington, DC (July 22, 2009)
Join hundreds of local health officials and invited guests at the 2009 National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Annual Conference as they gather to discuss the latest public health developments in Orlando, Florida. Local health departments across the country have been forced to deal with budgetary, program, and staffing cutbacks this year and will discuss strategies for dealing with these challenges, especially while responding to a widespread outbreak of H1N1 influenza. In addition to sessions on health equity, food safety, disaster preparedness and federal-state-local public health partnerships, conference attendees will hear keynote addresses from two current federal health officials and Wal-Mart's top health and wellness executive. More » 
 
 
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NACCHO Experts Available for Comment on New Food Safety Guidelines
Washington, DC (July 15, 2009)
On the heels of last week's recommendations made by President Obama's food safety working group, today the Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response (CIFOR) released its Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response. Along with other organizations, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) was instrumental in development of the guidelines, which will assist local, state and federal agencies in preventing and managing foodborne disease outbreaks through planning, detection, investigation, control and prevention. More » 
 
 
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NACCHO Statement on RAND Study on Health Department Response to H1N1
Washington, DC (July 8, 2009)
An article published this week in Health Affairs heightens the need to address workforce and funding constraints that are jeopardizing local health departments (LHDs) across the country. The RAND Corporation concluded that there was significant variation among local health departments' provision of immediate, online information on H1N1 influenza. We disagree with the authors' sole measure of performance—the speed with which state and local health departments posted information to their Web sites during the 24 hours after a public health emergency was declared by federal officials. More » 
 
 
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NACCHO Recognized for Innovation in Media and Publishing
Washington, DC (April 28, 2009)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is being honored by the Society of National Association Publications (SNAP) at its 29th Annual EXCEL Awards, which recognize the best and the brightest in association media and publishing. More »
 
 
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NACCHO Officials Available to Comment on Swine Flu Outbreak
Washington, DC (April 27, 2009)
As of this morning, 20 cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus have been confirmed in the United States by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Local health departments in New York City; San Diego and Imperial Counties in California; Guadalupe County, TX; Lorain County, OH; and Dickinson County, KS, are responding to existing outbreaks and taking measures to prevent further spread, while others are taking measures to detect new cases early and inform people how to stay safe. The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) can provide the media with expert commentary on the national outbreak and how local health departments are responding.  NACCHO's members are leaders in health departments across the country and many of them have been working around the clock to mount a response against the virus. Our media specialists can help connect you with national and local experts to speak to this outbreak. More »

 

 
 
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New Report Calls for Stronger State and Local Food Safety Roles, New Links to Federal Reform Efforts
Washington, DC (April 17, 2009)
Recent Salmonella outbreaks involving peanut butter and fresh produce underscore the need to repair gaps in state and local food safety programs and integrate them better with federal food safety efforts, according to a new report prepared with extensive input from state and local officials, including the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).  The report calls for leadership by Congress and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to build an integrated national food safety system that makes effective use of the best science and all available public resources to prevent foodborne illness. More »
 
 
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Prevention Funds in Stimulus are Good for the Economy
Washington, DC (February 18, 2009)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) commends the U.S. Congress and the Obama Administration for including $1 billion for prevention and wellness in the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009. These funds will benefit the public's health by adding or restoring public health jobs and ensuring the operation of prevention programs that keep health care costs in check. More »
 
 
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Local Health Departments Stimulate the Economy, Too
Washington, DC (February 9, 2009)
“A job in a local health department benefits the economy in three ways,” reports Robert M. Pestronk, executive director of NACCHO, as the U.S. Senate prepares to strip $5.8 billion for prevention and wellness from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. “Local health department staff spend their salaries locally. They serve residents of their communities who have lost their jobs. And they create a foundation for healthier communities and families that is essential to economic recovery and workforce productivity, whether by delivering immunizations to prevent disease or acting successfully to reduce obesity, smoking, or diabetes.” NACCHO urges Congress to preserve the House-passed funding for prevention that will save jobs in public health, a critical area of public service.  More »

 

 
 
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NACCHO Applauds Focus on Public Health in U.S. House Stimulus Package
Washington, DC (January 15, 2009)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) was encouraged to learn today that the Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act introduced by the House Appropriations Committee includes a strong prevention and wellness component. The bill, which includes $550 billion in spending and $275 billion in tax cuts, calls for a $3 billion investment aimed at fighting chronic and other preventable diseases. More»

 

 
 
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MEDIA ADVISORY: Local Health Department Expert Available to Comment on Influenza Antiviral Resistance
Washington, DC (January 9, 2009)
In late December, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a notice advising public health officials that a very high percentage of the dominant influenza virus strain this season is resistant to treatment with the antiviral drug (Tamiflu®) due to a genetic mutation. Doctors have been urged to test suspected flu viruses to see what strain they are in order to avoid prescribing treatments that would likely be unsuccessful, but public health experts say that the situation is a good reminder of the importance of getting vaccinated against the flu. More »
 

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