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NACCHO recognizes the important role of local epidemiology to protect the health of communities, and therefore NACCHO leads the Epidemiology Workgroup. This Workgroup consists of local epidemiologists across the county, and acts as a forum for policy development, news, exchange of information, and tools for epidemiologic practice at local health departments. In this way, NACCHO helps local health departments improve their capacity to continuously and systematically collect, analyze, and interpret health-related data needed for planning, implementing, and evaluating public health practice.
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NACCHO has launched its newest blog, Healthy People, Healthy Places: The Essential Elements of Local Public Health, a resource that helps local health departments tackle emerging infectious disease and environmental health issues. Visit the blog often for news, resources, tools, and events. The blog also features the latest updates that local health departments need to know about epidemiology. More »


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists convened an expert panel to develop competencies for applied epidemiologists in governmental public health agencies. These competencies were intended to improve the practice of public health epidemiology by providing a comprehensive list of tasks that epidemiologists in government practice should be able to do.  More »


The Ebola epidemic beginning in 2014 in West Africa is the first in history. Local health departments, in coordination with NACCHO, CDC, and other local, state, federal, and international partners, prepared for and responded to domestic cases of Ebola. To learn more, see CDC's response overview in "The Road to Zero: CDC's Response to the West African Ebola Epidemic, 2014–2015." More »