NACCHO promotes and supports the critical role of epidemiology at the local level to characterize the burden of, prevent, and control disease. NACCHO informs national policies and decisions that impact epidemiology at the local level and helps local health departments improve their capacity to continuously and systematically collect, analyze, and interpret health-related data needed for planning, implementing, and evaluating public health practice.
In addition, NACCHO convenes a workgroup of individuals working in local epidemiology to provide a forum for informing policy development, sharing relevant news updates, exchanging information and experiences, and developing tools to support epidemiologic practice at local health departments.
NACCHO and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists conducted an assessment to better understand the epidemiology workforce at local health departments and develop strategies to increase epidemiology capacity and trainings that meet the needs of local epidemiologists.
Photograph of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) scientist harvesting the H7N9 virus for research purposes. Courtesy of the CDC