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Nation’s LHDs Persevere through Budget Cuts to Ensure Communities are Protected from Emergencies
Washington, DC (December 14, 2010)
In recent years, state and local health departments have been tested by several large-scale public health emergencies—including the H1N1 influenza outbreak—while facing devastating budget cuts and workforce layoffs due to the ongoing recession. Trust for America’s Health’s (TFAH’s) annual report card on states’ ability to respond to such emergencies warns that the decade of progress made since the Sept. 11, 2001 and anthrax tragedies is threatened by the economic crisis. More »

 

 
 
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Local Health Departments Support Better Access to Health and Safety Information about Recalled Products
Washington, DC (December 13, 2010)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is pleased to join the National School Safety Coalition.  The coalition, led by Consumers Union, the independent organization with a mission to achieve a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers, today released the results of a national poll and launched a website to ensure that unsafe products are removed from the reaches of our children. More »

 

 
 
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Food Safety Bill is Good for Public Health and Local Health Departments
Washington, DC (November 30, 2010)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) was heartened by today’s Senate vote to pass the Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510), advancing critical reforms that will strengthen an integrated food safety system of public health agencies, including local health departments, that are responsible for safeguarding the nation’s food supply through inspections, investigations, and control of food borne illness outbreaks. More »
 

 

 
 
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NACCHO Commends New Corporate Commitments to the National Salt Reduction Initiative
Washington, DC (November 24, 2010)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), whose vision is health, equity, and well-being for all people in their communities through public health policies and service, commends the leadership of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the six major food companies that have joined in the National Salt Reduction Initiative to reduce sodium in their products. More »
 
 
 
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Giving Thanks to Public Health Heroes
Washington, DC (November 22, 2010)
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. More »

 

 
 
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Media Advisory: Immunization Expert Available to Comment on 2010-2011 Flu Season
Washington, DC (November 10, 2010)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) commends the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) on its release of a new report, Fighting Flu Fatigue. The report asserts that while last year’s H1N1 outbreak dramatically raised awareness about the threat of influenza, the country may return to its complacent attitude toward the flu because the H1N1 vaccine is widely available and concerns about new strains of flu have diminished. Such complacency can be dangerous. More »

 

 
 
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NACCHO Commends CDC on Preparedness Report
Washington, DC (September 21, 2010)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) commends the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for recognizing the strides made by state and local health departments in a new report released today. The third edition of Public Health Preparedness: Strengthening the Nation’s Emergency Response State by State indicates that state and local health departments made significant progress in 2008–2009 toward building and strengthening our nation’s public health emergency preparedness and response capabilities. More »

 

 
 
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NACCHO Applauds Senators for Protecting Public Health
Washington, DC (September 16, 2010)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials, whose vision is health, equity, and well-being for all people in their communities through public health policies and service, commends the 52 senators who voted against an amendment to the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act that would have eliminated the Prevention and Public Health Fund. More »

 

 
 
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Twenty-Four Local Health Departments Honored for Excellence and Innovation
Washington, DC (July 16, 2010)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) honored 24 health departments across the country last night at its 2010 annual conference for implementing programs that demonstrate exemplary and replicable outcomes. 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 93 applications. More »

 

 
 
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Media Advisory: Top Federal Health Officials and Public Health Visionaries to Keynote NACCHO Annual Conference
Washington, DC (July 8, 2010)
Join hundreds of local health officials and invited guests at the 2010 National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Annual Conference as they gather to discuss the latest public health developments in Memphis, Tennessee. In addition to sessions on local health department-community partnerships, health disparities, health reform, and public health accreditation (due to roll out nationally next year), conference attendees will hear keynote addresses from three current federal health officials and three dynamic thought leaders who specialize in health topics. More »

 

 
 
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Catastrophe for Public Health in the Making
Washington, DC (July 1, 2010)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials hosted a Capitol Hill briefing yesterday highlighting the devastating effect of job losses on one of the nation’s most important sectors: local health departments. Rep. Robert Andrews (D-NJ), Chairman of the Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor, recognized the importance of restoring the 23,000 local public health jobs that have been lost from January 2008 to December 2009, saying that these men and women represent one of our nation’s most valuable resources for prevention. More »

 

 
 
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NACCHO Announces New Officers and Board of Directors
Washington, DC (June 28, 2010)
Carol Moehrle, district director of Public Health – Idaho North Central District in Lewiston, ID, will formally assume the duties of President of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) during the association’s annual meeting in Memphis, TN, in July. Lillian Shirley, director of the Multnomah County Health Department in Portland, OR, will assume the office of President-Elect. John Wiesman, director of Clark County Public Health in Vancouver, WA, will take office as newly-elected Vice President. More »

 

 
 
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Media Advisory: Public Health in Jeopardy: Nation’s Local Health Departments Lose 15 Percent of Jobs
Washington, DC (June 24, 2010)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials will host a Capitol Hill briefing with Congressman Robert Andrews (D-NJ) and public health leaders on the need to save local health department jobs on June 30. More »
 
 
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NACCHO Commends Administration for New Public Health Investment
Washington, DC (June 21, 2010)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), whose vision is health, equity, and well-being for all people in their communities through public health policies and service, commends the Administration for allocating $250 million from the FY2010 Prevention and Public Health Fund to important new initiatives. More »  

 

 
 
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New Analysis of Local Health Department Job Losses Survey Demonstrates Depth of Program Cuts
Washington, DC (May 24, 2010)
A just-completed analysis of a new survey on local health department job losses illustrates the uphill battle that local health departments continue to fight as they struggle to keep Americans safe and provide basic disease prevention and emergency preparedness services in the face of budget cuts. The full report, which expands on preliminary survey results released by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) in March, found that from January 2008 to December 2009, local health departments lost 23,000 jobs to layoffs and attrition, roughly 15 percent of the entire local health department workforce. More »

 

 
 
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NACCHO Statement on National Public Health Week
Washington, DC (April 5, 2010)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) joins the American Public Health Association in celebrating National Public Health Week, which runs through Sunday, April 11. This annual recognition of the public health field’s mission to protect and improve our nation’s health is always an opportunity to celebrate advancements in public health, assess our nation’s current public health status, and highlight the importance of taking action to address the health challenges facing individuals and families in our communities. More »

 

 
 
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NACCHO Celebrates Prevention and Wellness in Health Reform
Washington, DC (March 22, 2010)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), whose vision is health, equity, and well-being for all people in their communities through public health policies and service, applauds Congress for their perseverance towards improving the nation’s health through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The landmark health reform legislation passed by both the House of Representatives and the Senate makes significant investments in population-based prevention activities and recognizes the unique role played by local public health departments while expanding access to affordable care for millions of individuals and families. More »

 

 
 
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NACCHO Awarded Grant for Initiative to Reverse Childhood Obesity Epidemic
Washington, DC (March 10, 2010)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) has received a $300,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to mobilize local health department (LHD) teams across the Southeast to support local level policy changes that promote healthy eating and active living to reduce the burden of childhood obesity. The grant was one of seven awarded by RWJF through its Leadership for Healthy Communities national program that assists state and local leaders in their efforts to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. More »

 

 
 
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New NACCHO Survey Shows Local Health Departments Lost 16,000 Jobs in 2009
Washington, DC (March 1, 2010)
New data being released today illustrate the uphill battle that local public health departments are fighting as they struggle to provide Americans with basic disease prevention and emergency preparedness services in the face of budget cuts. The latest job loss survey by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) found that local health departments lost 8,000 jobs in the second half of 2009—compounding the loss of another 8,000 positions in the first half of the year. And a new report from Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) underscores the survey results, finding that federal spending for public health has been flat for nearly five years while states around the country cut nearly $392 million for public health programs. More »

 

 
 
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NACCHO Statement on County Health Rankings
Washington, DC (February 17, 2010)
Today's release of the County Health Rankings—the first set of reports to rank the overall health of every county in all 50 states by the University of Wisconsin's Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides counties with a useful set of comparative metrics which have the potential to stimulate action nationwide. The Rankings highlight the need for people and organizations from all sectors of each county—public, private, educational, non-profit, media or philanthropic—to work deliberately and collaboratively to improve the public's health through policies, programs, and services. More »

 

 
 
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Media Advisory: HHS Secretary Sebelius, CDC Director Frieden, and Other Top Health Officials to Keynote Pub
Washington, DC (February 11, 2010)
Join hundreds of local health officials and invited guests at the 2010 Public Health Preparedness Summit (www.phprep.org) in Atlanta, GA, as they gather to discuss lessons learned from H1N1, innovative approaches to disaster preparedness, strategies to target at-risk and minority populations when creating disaster response plans, and many other related topics. Media are invited to join conference attendees as they hear from four current federal health officials, a non-profit leader, and a bestselling author over the course of three days. More »

 

 
 
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Forty Communities Receive Grants to Promote Healthy Communities
Atlanta, GA (February 5, 2010)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD), the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), and the YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) are announcing 40 U.S. communities that have been selected in 23 states and in one territory to advance the nation's efforts to prevent chronic diseases and related risk factors through a locally collaborative approach.  This approach, called Action Communities for Health, Innovation, and EnVironmental changE (ACHIEVE), is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s Healthy Communities Program and receives technical assistance from the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). More »

 

 

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