Health Department Communications

Local Health Department Communications

Local health departments often need to use communications activities to influence policymakers, engage the media, educate the public, deliver calls to action, and inspire behavioral change. An integrated communications strategy includes media outreach, branding, social media, marketing, advertising, and community engagement. NACCHO provides resources to help local health departments effectively communicate their value, promote health and wellness, and build relationships with the media, policymakers, and public.

To download communications materials, visit the NACCHO Toolbox and select "Communications Toolkit" from the Toolkits menu.

What is a Public Health Communicator?

A public health communicator shapes, spreads, and analyzes the impact of a public health message. Public health communicators include public information officers and other specialists in communications, marketing, branding, social media, health risk, community relations, and cross-cultural communication. Learn how your local health department can build its communications capacity by hiring a dedicated public health communicator.

Listen

Communications Planning

Learn how to plan your health department's communication efforts more effectively.

Listen

Communications Planning

Get Access

Communication and Marketing

This PDF covers a fundamental capability that every local health department should learn.

Get Access

Communication and Marketing

Read Now

In Support of Public Health Communicators

This document outlines NACCHO's support of Public Health Communicators.

Read Now

In Support of Public Health Communicators

Next Lesson

Media Outreach Guide

Learn how your local health department can work with the media to spread news on various issues.

Next Lesson

Media Outreach Guide

Next Lesson

Community Engagement

Learn how your local health department can engage your community more effectively.

Next Lesson

Community Engagement

Next Lesson

Marketing Toolkit

Learn how your local health department can better market your initiatives in your community.

Next Lesson

Marketing Toolkit