Local Health Department Research

NACCHO regularly conducts research to gain a better understanding of the local public health infrastructure and practice. The following studies provide the most up-to-date and comprehensive information on local health departments (LHDs) in the United States.

Public Health Preparedness

2020 Network Profile of the Medical Reserve Corps

A report of findings from a landscape assessment of local MRC unit capabilities and capacity before and during COVID-19.

Public Health Preparedness

2020 Network Profile of the Medical Reserve Corps

Environmental Health

2020 Vector Control Assessment

An overview of mosquito and tick-related activities at the local level since the assessment’s first iteration in 2017.

Environmental Health

2020 Vector Control Assessment

Community Health

2019 HAI & AR Assessment

Findings describing the landscape of healthcare-associated infection and antibiotic resistance activities conducted by LHDs.

Community Health

2019 HAI & AR Assessment

Public Health Preparedness

2018 Preparedness Profile Study

A report highlighting the latest data on public health emergency preparedness capacity and emerging issues at the local level.

Public Health Preparedness

2018 Preparedness Profile Study

Community Health

2018 Health & Disability Assessment

Findings from the 2018 assessment examining practices, awareness, and inclusion of people with disabilities within LHD programs.

Community Health

2018 Health & Disability Assessment

Community Health

2018 Overdose Prevention & Response Assessment

An overview of LHD opioid overdose prevention and response capacity and activities, including case studies.

Community Health

2018 Overdose Prevention & Response Assessment

  • Interruptions in routine blood pressure screening services among local health departments during the COVID-19 pandemic (JPHMP)
  • Disruptions to U.S. local public health’s role in population-based substance use prevention and response during COVID-19 (Subst Abuse Treat Prev Policy, Kudos)
  • The role of harassment of local public health professionals in mental or emotional well-being and intentions to leave an organization during the COVID-19 pandemic (JPHMP, Kudos)
  • Untapped potential: Local health departments’ involvement in behavioral health preparedness planning and recovery through a population behavioral health framework (JPHMP)
  • Heterogeneity and interoperability in local public health information systems (JPHMP)
  • Prioritization of public health emergency preparedness funding among local health departments preceding the COVID-19 pandemic (JPHMP, Kudos)
  • Application for public health accreditation among US local health departments in 2013 to 2019: Impact of service and activity mix (AJPH)
  • The state of rural public health (AJPH)
  • State of the field: Local health department engagement in health care-associated infection and antibiotic resistance work (JPHMP)

For more information about our various research projects, please reach out to our Research and Evaluation team at [email protected].

Research and Evaluation

Aaron Alford

Senior Director, Research & Evaluation

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Timothy McCall

Director of Research

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Debra Dekker

Director of Evaluation

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Kellie Hall

Lead Analyst, Evaluation & Data Communications

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Krishna Patel

Lead Survey & Research Analyst

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Daniel Pagan

Senior Research & Evaluation Specialist

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Margaret Cunningham

Senior R&E Specialist

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Rashel Rabinovich

R & E Specialist

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Jordan Royster

Research & Evaluation Specialist

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Chloe Garofalini

Research & Evaluation specialist

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Cortni Bardier

PHAP Associate

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