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Dr. Pramōd Dwivedī Is President of the National Association of County and City Health Officials

Jul 24, 2023 | NacchoVoice

Washington, DC, July 24, 2023 — The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), representing the country’s nearly 3,000 local health departments, has installed Pramōd Dwivedī , DrPH, Health Director of Linn County Public Health in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, President of its Board of Directors for the 2023-2024 term. Dr. Dwivedī assumed the role on July 1, 2023. Following his term as President, he will become NACCHO Board Immediate-Past President on July 1, 2024.

“I am truly honored to serve as the President of the NACCHO Board,” said Dr. Dwivedī. “This is a significant milestone for me personally and for Linn County and the State of Iowa. While the pandemic has undoubtedly brought significant challenges to our staff and communities, it has also presented us with an opportunity to envision a new future for local public health systems. We must continue to address our enduring public health concerns, particularly those related to health equity and social justice. Moreover, we must collaborate in strengthening local public health infrastructure and workforce through the ongoing efforts of NACCHO. Together, we can make a lasting impact on the health and well-being of our communities.”

“On behalf of the Board of Directors and our local health departments, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Dwivedī as President of NACCHO for the 2023-2024 term. Dr. Dwivedī has demonstrated a strong commitment to NACCHO during his tenure on the Board, and we look forward to his continued leadership during his Presidency,” said NACCHO Chief Executive Officer Lori Tremmel Freeman.

About Dr. Dwivedī
Pramōd Dwivedī is currently serving as the Health Director at Linn County Public Health in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Linn County Public Health is a full-service health department that caters to approximately 230,000 people. Under Dr. Dwivedī’s leadership, Linn County Public Health achieved the distinction of being the first nationally accredited local health department in Iowa. In recognition of its accomplishments, NACCHO awarded Linn County Public Health the Health Department of the Year in 2018.

Originally from India, Dr. Dwivedī has held numerous leadership positions in both local and state health agencies in the United States. One of his notable contributions has been the development of epidemiologic capacity in local and state health agencies. With more than 20 years of experience in public health practice, Dr. Dwivedī has been a strong advocate for health equity and addressing social drivers of health to enhance the overall health and well-being of the population.

Apart from his involvement on local and state-level boards, Dr. Dwivedī serves on the External Advisory Board of the Iowa’s State Hygienic Laboratory.

He holds a doctorate in public health from the University of Illinois – Chicago.

Dr. Dwivedī is married and has two grown children.

About NACCHO’s Board of Directors
NACCHO is governed by a 22-member board comprising local and tribal health officials who are elected by their peers, as well as one ex-officio member representing partner organizations.

As the governing body, NACCHO’s Board of Directors establishes the association’s strategic direction and initiatives, sets the annual legislative agenda, approves official policy statements, ensures that annual goals are met, and provides financial oversight. The Board is NACCHO’s public face and represents members in matters of policy, public health practice, and collaboration with health partners in the public and private sectors.

NACCHO’s Board is led by four executive officers. In addition to Dr. Dwivedī, this includes:

  • President-Elect Michael Kilkenny, MD, CEO and Health Officer, Cabell-Huntington Health Department, Huntington, WV
  • Vice President Damōn Chaplin, MBA, Health Commissioner, City of Minnesota, Department of Public Health, MN
  • Immediate-Past President Margaret (Margy) Jahn, Director, Freehold Area Health Department, Freehold, NJ

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About Linn County Public Health
Linn County Public Health (LCPH) provides many unique services to improve the health of Linn County residents. Our efforts within the community are strengthened by relationships established with other community organizations within the public health system. Through these relationships, LCPH is able to address public health issues that are present within Linn County at multiple levels. www.linncountyiowa.gov.

About NACCHO
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) represents the nation’s nearly 3,000 local governmental health departments. These city, county, metropolitan, district, and tribal departments work every day to protect and promote health and well-being for all people in their communities. For more information about NACCHO, please visit www.naccho.org.


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