Policy and Advocacy

Advocating for your local health department. Helping you advocate for public health.

As the national voice for local health departments, NACCHO serves a critical role in Washington, advocating for local public health with federal policymakers. Our advocacy efforts are guided by our Federal Legislative and Policy Agenda, which is informed by our members and approved annually by NACCHO’s Board of Directors. In 2023, our key priorities are:

  • Strengthening and supporting the public health workforce;
  • Bolstering and improving access to federal public health funding, including resources to support public health infrastructure and data modernization at the local health department level;
  • Ensuring federal public health funding flows from the federal level to states and local health communities quickly and equitably; and
  • Addressing a wide range of public health concerns through work in coalition with partners.

We also want to develop the policy skills of local health departments, to enable you to advocate for public health. Learn more about policy decisions that can impact your work by subscribing to our weekly News From Washington e-newsletter, listening to the NACCHO Podcast Series, signing up for our Congressional Action Network, and reading our Advocacy Toolkit.

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Policy Statements and Letters

NACCHO's policy development process guides NACCHO's public health advocacy.

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Policy Statements and Letters

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Funding Priorities

Learn more about NACCHO's federal funding priorities and advocacy actions.

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Funding Priorities

Public Health Workforce Loan Repayment Passes Congress

This week, both the House of Representatives and Senate passed, and President Biden is expected to soon sign, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, which included language authorizing the Public Health Workforce Loan Repayment Program, one of NACCHO’s top legislative priorities for years.

Public Health Workforce Loan Repayment Passes Congress

Government Affairs

Kerry Allen

Director, Government Affairs

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Public Affairs

Adriane Casalotti

Chief, Government & Public Affairs

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