Washington, DC, January 11, 2023 — The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is proud to announce the appointment of two new members of the NACCHO Board of Directors to fill two vacant jurisdictional openings. NACCHO is the voice of the country’s nearly 3,000 local health departments.
The two new Board members were appointed at the Board of Directors meeting on December 16, 2022, their official responsibilities began on that date, and the following public health leaders will serve on the NACCHO Board of Directors until June 2025:
Krista Wasowski, MSW, MPH, Medina County Health Department, OH
HHS Region 5: OH, IN, MI, IL, WI, MN
As a Board member of the Ohio SACCHO for the past 13 years, Wasowski has been involved with workgroups and projects as wide ranging as dental care access to state/local partnerships to accreditation support. Wasowski’s responsibility as a district director is to represent the 28 health departments in northeast Ohio. The district Wasowski serves is a mix of urban, rural, suburban, and city health departments, each having a different combination of services and needs. A Michigan native, Wasowski completed an undergraduate degree in social work from Eastern Michigan University and graduate degrees in both social work and public health at The Ohio State University.
Erika Lautenbach, MPH, Whatcom County Health Department, WA
HHS Region 10: ID, OR, WA, AK
Lautenbach is the Director of the Whatcom County Health Department. Immediately preceding her 2020 appointment as Director, Lautenbach returned from Washington, DC after completing a year-long term as the American Public Health Association/Brookings Institute Congressional Fellow, working for the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. Prior work experiences include Assistant Director of the Whatcom County Health Department and policy and health staff member to elected officials at all levels of government. Also, Lautenbach serves as the President-Elect of the Washington State Association of Local Public Health Officials and possesses a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Washington.
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.