Global-to-Local Public Health Exchange

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NACCHO’s new Global Health Program, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, explores how successful approaches to health management in other countries can be adapted by local health departments to promote the health and well-being of all Americans.

“Global health innovations can offer unique perspective on ways to improve health outcomes through novel, creative approaches.”

– Lori Tremmel Freeman, CEO, NACCHO

Public health professionals around the world face many of the same challenges. While the United States is making bold strides in some areas of health, public health practitioners beyond our borders–even those with limited resources–have made significant progress in areas where we lag.

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By looking to these bright spots around the world, NACCHO believes we can find innovative solutions to empower U.S. local health departments and accelerate progress toward better health outcomes. Ultimately, the health and well-being of all people are intrinsically related and may be approached with similar solution.

"Global health innovations can offer unique perspective on ways to improve health outcomes through novel, creative approaches," says Lori Tremmel Freeman, CEO, NACCHO. "Local health departments can learn from and adapt these innovations to improve health within their communities."

Image caption: Attendees at the Public Health Informatics conference in 2018 shared data best practices. (See more photos)

“By looking beyond our borders for inspiration and practical solutions, we can uncover new ways to advance health in communities across the U.S.”

– Karabi Acharya, Director, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Our goal is to identify the most pressing challenges that the nation’s nearly 3,000 local health departments face and discover how emerging solutions from around the globe could inform strategies to overcome them.

NACCHO will provide guidance to encourage local health departments to adopt new strategies and learn from communities that, at first glance, may not look like their own.

"By looking beyond our borders for inspiration and practical solutions, we can uncover new ways to advance health in communities across the U.S.," says Karabi Acharya, Director, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. "On this journey, we can learn so much from countries around the globe–across geographies and income levels–facing similar health challenges to our own."

Local health officials face challenges that need innovation, and some have found them outside the borders of the United States. NACCHO’s new monthly blog and podcast series will share success stories of local organizations that look to strategies created in other countries to adapt to their own domestic challenges.

January 2020

A Global Health Model for Inclusion: From Venezuela to California and Back Again

Link to blog: From Venezuela to California

Link to podcast: http://bit.ly/2TNlPq5


November 2019

Flexing the Power of Social Media to Deliver Sexual Health Messaging at Monongalia County Health Department, Morgantown, WV

Link to blog: http://bit.ly/2r06zJW

Link to podcast: http://bit.ly/2qjhs9P


October 2019

Global Health Innovations to Prevent Mosquito-borne Diseases in Harris County:

Link to blog: http://bit.ly/2W9gpEQ

Link to podcast: http://bit.ly/2Pa6g9K

September 2019

How Healthy is your Main Street? Adapting an Approach from the UK:

Link to blog post: http://bit.ly/2Waptt9

Link to podcast: http://bit.ly/2NdhOqe



Lessons from the World: Applying Global Thinking to Local Public Health

This literature review explores successful approaches to health management in other countries that can be adapted by local health departments to promote health.

Successful health initiatives know no boundaries. Creative and scalable solutions from other countries can provide a wealth of potential for U.S. local health departments working to address challenges in their own communities. As public health in America strives to address challenges in advancing community health, looking beyond our country’s borders for solutions may provide us with new approaches. NACCHO’s new report, From Global to Local: Bringing International Lessons to U.S. Local Public Health Practice, focuses on the natural connection between global health and local health departments, and the role it can play when the health and well-being of all people can be intrinsically linked to successful approaches, models, and solutions.

How are local health departments currently informing strategies with ideas and solutions from other countries? If you have an experience to share, please fill out the form below. You may even be featured as part of our upcoming blog and podcast series!

We're interested in hearing from you. If you have any questions or comments about our latest project, you can reach out to Emily Yox at eyox [at] naccho [dot] org.


Support for this project was provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.

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