“As my colleagues and I in local health departments lead on the front lines of the COVID-19 response, Lori Tremmel Freeman has led NACCHO to support us and raise the public’s consciousness of the critical role of both what we do and the governmental public health system as a whole,” said NACCHO Board President Jennifer Kertanis
Washington, DC, December 15, 2020 — The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), the voice of the country’s nearly 3,000 local health departments, is proud to announce that Lori Tremmel Freeman was recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of 2020’s 100 Most Influential People. This prestigious recognition program acknowledges and honors individuals who are deemed by their peers and the senior editors of Modern Healthcare to be the most influential individuals in the industry, in terms of leadership and impact.
“The Covid-19 pandemic is the single most challenging public health crisis our country has ever faced,” said Jennifer C. Kertanis, President of NACCHO’s Board of Directors and Director of Health for the Farming Valley Health District in Connecticut. “As my colleagues and I in local health departments lead on the front lines of the COVID-19 response, Lori Tremmel Freeman has led NACCHO to support us and raise the public’s consciousness of the critical role of both what we do and the governmental public health system as a whole. She has helped shape the public discourse and shed light on the many obstacles we face, including the politization of the pandemic and the far too many local health officials who have been threatened or lost their jobs because of it. This distinction of being the only public health honoree named one of Modern Healthcare 100 Most Influential People is a fitting tribute and well deserved.”
“This year will be remembered for more than the COVID-19 pandemic and election. It is a year that reminded us of the importance of the frontline healthcare worker and the power of collaboration. Every member of this class found ways to help their organization or the government or each other maneuver through unprecedented hardships. The result was often groundbreaking,” said Modern Healthcare’s editor, Aurora Aguilar. “Modern Healthcare and our readers selected the 100 most innovative and resilient candidates…which this year comprised a record number of women…who influenced the course that healthcare took during a global pandemic, continued to press forward amidst uncertainty, and used current events like the election, racial injustice and public health as an inspiration to do better. Congratulations to our honorees.”
The complete ranking can be found in this week’s issue of Modern Healthcare magazine, and a feature article and profiles of the winners are available at ModernHealthcare.com/100MostInfluential.
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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.