Building Local Operational Capacity for COVID-19

NACCHO's Building Local Operational Capacity for COVID-19 (BLOC COVID-19) demonstration site project is designed to enhance local capacity to prevent and respond to COVID-19 by building health department capacity in infection prevention and control (IPC), supporting identified high-risk facilities by conducting in-person or virtual IPC assessments, and expanding collaboration and coordination between health departments and community infection prevention partners.

NACCHO has awarded 25 local health departments across the nation with funding to enhance infectious disease prevention and control in high-risk facilities, including:

  • Calhoun County Health Department (IL)
  • City of El Paso Public Health (TX)
  • City of New Haven Health Department (CT)
  • Contra Costa Health Services (CA)
  • Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health (NY)
  • Evanston Department of Health and Human Services (IL)
  • Farmington Valley Health District (CT)
  • Fort Bend County Health & Human Services (TX)
  • Hamilton County Public Health (OH)
  • Hennepin County Public Health (MN)
  • Ingham County Health Department (MI)
  • Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center (IL)
  • Lincoln-Lancaster Health Department (NE)
  • Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness (KY)
  • Mahaska Health (IA)
  • Pima County Health Department (AZ)
  • Florida Department of Health in Polk County (FL)
  • Prince George’s County Health Department (MD)
  • Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (VA)
  • San Juan Basin Public Health (CO)
  • Sangamon County Department of Public Health (IL)
  • Public Health - Seattle and King County (WA)
  • Stark County Health Department (OH)
  • West Hartford / Bloomfield Health District (CT)
  • Williamson County and Cities Health District (TX)

Access additional resources to help your local health department engage in IPC activities.

Community Health Program

Michelle Cantu

Director, Infectious Disease and Immunization

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Community Health Program

Christina Baum

Senior Program Analyst, Infectious Diseases

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Community Health Program

Erin Laird

Senior Program Analyst, Infectious Disease

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Community Health Program

Kimberly Nalley

Program Analyst, Infectious Disease

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