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NACCHO Committees, Teams, and Workgroups—More Ways to Get Involved

NACCHO will soon begin making committee, team and workgroup appointments for the 2006–2008 terms. We hope you will consider contributing to our exciting work. Below is a list of NACCHO committees, teams, and workgroups, a brief description of each, and the time commitment involved. Please note that NACCHO pays for travel expenses and conference calls associated with most committee work. NACCHO encourages health officials and other health department staff to consider offering their expertise in order to ensure the best possible products and services for our membership. If you are interested in being considered for a committee, team, or workgroup position, please fill out and submit an online form, making sure to:

§        Rank in order the top three committees, teams, or workgroups for which you would like to be considered. Every attempt will be made to appoint members to their first choice; Please note that this will not always be possible.

  • Briefly describe relevant expertise as it pertains to the selected committee(s).
  • Include all information requested.

THESE APPOINTMENTS ARE AVAILABLE TO NACCHO MEMBERS ONLY.

MEMBERS ARE ASKED TO SERVE ON ONLY ONE TEAM, COMMITTEE, OR WORKGROUP AT A TIME. All appointments are made by the NACCHO President-Elect and Vice President. This year, those officers are Poki Namkung, MD, MPH of Santa Cruz County, CA (President-Elect) and, Robert Pestronk of Genesee County, MI (Vice President).

By Laws Committee

Community Health Essential Services Committee

Environmental Health Essential Services Committee

Executive Committee

Finance Committee

Health Equity & Social Justice Strategic Direction Team

Marketing Strategic Direction Team

Membership & SACCHO Relations Committee

Nominations Committee

Public Health Infrastructure & Systems Essential Service Committee

Public Health Preparedness Essential Service Committee

Workforce & Leadership Development Strategic Direction Team

 

Health Equity and Social Justice Strategic Direction Team corresponds to NACCHO's strategic direction, Enhance the capacity of local health departments (LHDs) to achieve health equity through social justice as a means to improve health status and quality of life. This team develops strategies and methods to transform the structure, culture, and practice of LHDs toward the elimination of systemic, avoidable inequities in the distribution of health and illness. The Team seeks to devise indicators, tools, and ways to communicate about social justice and public health practice to communities and the mass media.

Membership: Local health officials and senior health department staff.
Time Commitment: The team will meet via conference call (quarterly) and most business will be conducted via phone and/or e-mail. A two hour in-person meeting will occur at the annual conference. Appointment is for a two-year term with an option for reappointment to a second two-year term.

Marketing Strategic Direction Team corresponds to the Marketing Direction (Strategic Direction #3) of NACCHO's Strategic Plan: Promote universal recognition of and support for the critical importance of local health departments. This team provides strategic direction for NACCHO's work to promote local health departments to the media, policymakers, decision-makers and the public.

Membership: Local health officials and senior health department staff.

Time Commitment: The annual time commitment for this team includes one in-person meeting, occasional conference calls, and moderate between meeting work. The in-person meeting will take place at NACCHO Annual. Appointment is for a two-year term with an option for reappointment to a second two-year term.

Workforce and Leadership Development Strategic Direction Team (WDEST) corresponds to the Workforce Development strategic direction of NACCHO's Strategic Plan: Ensure a competent, productive workforce for local health departments. It provides leadership, advocates for, and advises NACCHO and its partners on comprehensive, innovative workforce and leadership development policies and practices.

Membership: Local health officials or the local health department designee to NACCHO.

Time Commitment: WDEST will meet via conference call (quarterly) and most business will be conducted via phone and/or e-mail. Members of the WDEST will serve two-year terms with an opportunity for reappointment for a second term.

Annual Conference Workgroupplans, organizes, and conducts the annual conference, which is specifically designed to address the unique and critical public health practice needs and interests of local health officials. Activities include developing the conference themes, tracks, and objectives; selecting and framing plenary sessions; developing the conference format and overall agenda; reviewing and selecting proposals for concurrent sessions; working with staff and speakers on session planning; and evaluating and learning from the conference program's strengths and challenges.

Membership: NACCHO members, primarily local health officials, but may also include SACCHO representatives, and senior-level local health department staff such as Medical Directors or Deputy Directors.

Time Commitment: The Workgroup will meet two times a year in person and once a month by telephone. Additionally, members will work directly with NACCHO staff and speakers to help oversee the planning and development of three to five conference sessions. Members are appointed for two-year terms and can be reappointed for one additional term. The exception is the one-year only appointment for the "local host" member position to represent the jurisdiction of the upcoming year's conference site.

Community Health Essential Services Committee provides guidance for all of NACCHO's community health programs and policies, including primary care, maternal and child health, injury prevention, immunization, HIV and other infectious diseases, and tobacco and chronic disease prevention. In addition, participants will be involved in the development of policy statements, address emerging issues not being addressed by workgroups, address gaps in the strategic plan, and provide guidance to and act as a sounding board for the workgroups.

Membership: Local health officials or the local health department designee to NACCHO.

Time Commitment: The annual time commitment for this committee includes quarterly conference calls and moderate between meeting work. An in-person meeting may occur at the NACCHO Annual Conference if necessary. Appointment is for a two-year term with an option for reappointment to a second two-year term.

HIV Prevention Workgroup provides direction to NACCHO's funded HIV prevention activities, assists in identifying local health department HIV and STD model and promising practices, and amplifies the voice of local public health practitioners with regard to national HIV and STD prevention and related policies.

Membership: Local health officials who have an interest in HIV and STD prevention and HIV/STD programmatic health department staff.

Time Commitment: The annual time commitment for this committee includes two in-person meetings, approximately eight conference calls, and moderate between meeting work. In addition, review of documents and participation in judging model practice applications will be required throughout the year. Appointment is for a two-year term with an option for reappointment to a second two-year term.

Infectious Diseases Workgroup provides direction to NACCHO's funded infectious disease activities, assists in identifying local health department infectious disease model and promising practices, and amplifies the voice of local public health practitioners with regard to national policies concerning the prevention, control and treatment of emerging infectious diseases.

Membership: Local health officials and programmatic health department staff who have an interest in Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Time Commitment: The annual time commitment for this committee includes one in-person meeting, approximately eight conference calls, and moderate between meeting work. In addition, review of documents and participation in judging model practice applications will be required throughout the year. Appointment is for a two-year term with an option for reappointment to a second two-year term.

Immunization Workgroup is a resource for bi-directional information to NACCHO, its members and federal public health partners and provides expert opinion on immunization policy issues.

Membership: Local health officials and programmatic health department staff who have an interest in immunization programs and policy.

Time Commitment: The annual time commitment is one meeting per year with 2-3 conference calls and moderate work via e-mail. In addition, review of documents and participation in judging model practice applications will be required throughout the year. Appointment is for a two-year term with an option for reappointment to a second two-year term.

Injury Prevention Workgroup addresses local public health practice issues relative to the prevention and control of injuries and violence.

Membership: Local health officials and programmatic health department staff who have an interest in injury and violence prevention and control.

Time Commitment: Meets once annually with conference calls and e-mail correspondence between meetings. In addition, review of documents and participation in judging model practice applications will be required throughout the year. Appointment is for a two-year term with an option for reappointment to a second two-year term.

Chronic Disease Prevention Workgroup provides input and guidance for NACCHO's chronic disease prevention policies and programs, including tobacco control and obesity prevention. The goal of the workgroup is to strengthen local public health infrastructure in chronic disease prevention.

Membership: Local health officials and programmatic health department staff who have an interest in chronic disease prevention, obesity prevention, and/or tobacco control.

Time Commitment: The annual time commitment for this committee includes two in-person meetings, bi-monthly conference calls, and moderate between meeting work. In addition, review of documents and participation in judging model practice applications will be required throughout the year. Appointment is for a two-year term with an option for reappointment to a second two-year term.

Maternal and Child Health/Birth Defects Prevention Workgroup provides input and guidance for NACCHO's Maternal and Child Health (MCH) related programs including the birth defects prevention project. The goal of the workgroup is to assist in the development of activities to improve the understanding of MCH-related issues among local, state, federal, and national organizations.

Membership: Local health officials and programmatic health department staff who have an interest in maternal and child health and/or birth defects prevention.

Time Commitment: The annual time commitment for this committee includes one or two in-person meetings, quarterly conference calls, and moderate between meeting work. Appointment is for a two-year term with an option for reappointment to a second two-year term.

Primary Care/Mental Health Workgroup provides input and guidance for NACCHO's primary care project. This entails addressing access to care policies and programs, in primary care, mental health and oral health. The goal of the workgroup is to strengthen local public health infrastructure in assuring access to care.

Membership: Local health officials and programmatic health department staff who have an interest in primary care and/or mental health issues.

Time Commitment: The annual time commitment for this committee includes one in-person meeting. Review of documents and other limited work, including model practices judging, will be conducted via e-mail and conference calls during the year. Appointment is for a two-year term with an option for reappointment to a second two-year term.

Disability Workgroup provides guidance and direction for NACCHO's Disability project, which focuses on providing public health services to people living with disabilities (e.g., data collection from demonstration sites, transference of information, and provision of technical assistance).
Membership: Local health officials and programmatic health department staff who have an interest in issues related to people living with disabilities.
Time Commitment: The committee will convene via conference calls (quarterly) and one in-person meeting. In addition, review of documents and participation in judging model practice applications will be required throughout the year. Appointment is for a two-year term with an option for reappointment to a second two-year term.

Public Health Preparedness Essential Services Committee provides input to NACCHO's activities to increase and enhance local public health capacity to respond to chemical and biological terrorism and other communicable disease threats.

Membership: Local health officials or the local health department designee to NACCHO.

Time Commitment: The annual time commitment for this committee includes two in-person meetings, two to three conference calls, and moderate between meeting work. Appointment is for a two-year term with an option for reappointment to a second two-year term.

METRICS Workgroup provides guidance and direction for NACCHO's involvement in helping to shape and define the CDC metrics/measures that are going to be used to assess health departments' readiness for emergency events.

Membership: Local health officials and public health preparedness professionals.

Time Commitment: At least one in-person meeting, regular conference calls, participation in national meetings if funding and opportunity are available. Appointment is for a two-year term with an option for reappointment to a second two-year term.

Exercise Evaluation Workgroup provides guidance and direction for NACCHO's preparedness projects and develops and supports work to provide local health departments with information and resources around exercise evaluations for emergency events.

Membership: Local health officials and public health preparedness professionals.

Time Commitment: At least one in-person meeting, regular conference calls, participation in national meetings if funding and opportunity are available. Appointment is for a two-year term with an option for reappointment to a second two-year term.

Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) Workgroup provides guidance and direction for NACCHO's Strategic National Stockpile program, which works in collaboration with CDC and ASTHO to develop and collect tools and resources that will assist local public health and their communities in planning for and implementing the Strategic National Stockpile.
Membership: Local health officials, planning professionals, and public health preparedness professionals.
Time Commitment: At least one in person meeting, regular conference calls, participation in national meetings if funding and opportunity are available. In addition, review of documents and participation in judging model practice applications will be required throughout the year. Appointment is for a two-year term with an option for reappointment to a second two-year term.

Advanced Practice Centers Workgroup provides guidance and direction for NACCHO's Advance Practice Center Program, which helps to define and build local preparedness infrastructure and share cutting-edge resources and technology for preparedness with the broader public health community.

Membership: Local health officials and public health preparedness professionals.

Time Commitment:  At least one in-person meeting per project year, participation in quarterly conference calls, and participation in national meetings if funding and opportunity are available. In addition, review of documents and participation in judging model practice applications will be required throughout the year. Appointment is for a two-year term with an option for reappointment to a second two-year term.

National Incident Management System (NIMS) Workgroup provides guidance and direction for NACCHO's work on NIMS and ICS. This workgroup will work with the Department of Homeland Security to provide input and feedback on NIMS. The workgroup will also identify useful tools for NIMS implementation at local health departments.

Membership: Local health officials, public health preparedness professionals, NIMS trainers

Time Commitment:  At least one in-person meeting, regular conference calls, participation in national meetings if funding and opportunities are available. In addition, review of documents and participation in judging model practices will be required throughout the year. Appointment is for a two-year term with an option for reappointment to a second two-year term.

Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Workgroup provides guidance and oversight to NACCHO's MRC Program which is working with the Office of the Surgeon General to develop standardized competencies for Medical Reserve Programs around the country to assist programs to be better equipped to recruit and train their volunteers for an emergency response.

Membership: Local health officials, local, state and national MRC Unit directors, public health preparedness professionals.

Time Commitment:  At least one in-person meeting, regular conference calls, participation in national meetings if funding and opportunity are available. In addition, review of documents and participation in judging model practices will be required throughout the year. Appointment is for a two-year term with an option for reappointment to a second two-year term.

Project Public Health Ready (PPHR) Workgroup provides guidance, input and direction on the PPHR program by reviewing applications for recognition, assisting in the development of PPHR criteria, working with NACCHO to recommend strategies for re-recognition and regional readiness.

Membership: Local health officials, PPHR reviewers, PPHR sites, public health preparedness professionals

Time Commitment:  At least one in person meeting, monthly conference calls, participation in national meetings if funding and opportunity are available. In addition, review of documents and participation in judging model practices will be required throughout the year. Appointment is for a two-year term with an option for reappointment to a second two-year term.

Pandemic Influenza Workgroupprovides guidance and direction to NACCHO on plans for, guidance around, and strategies for local health departments related to Pandemic Flu planning.

Membership: Local health officials, preparedness professionals, infectious disease professionals, community health directors.

Time Commitment: At least one in-person meeting, regular conference calls, participation in national meetings if funding and opportunity are available. In addition, review of documents and participation in judging model practices will be required throughout the year. Appointment is for a two-year term with an option for reappointment to a second two-year term.

Environmental Health Essential Services Committee provides input and guidance for all of NACCHO's environmental health policies and programs, including community environmental health assessment, indoor air quality, Superfund, Brownfields, wastewater, children's environmental health, drinking water, food safety, and land use planning.

Membership: Local health officials or the local health department designee to NACCHO.

Time Commitment: The annual time commitment for this committee includes two in-person meetings, up to three conference calls, and moderate between meeting work. Appointment is for a two-year term with an option for reappointment to a second two-year term.

Land Use Planning Workgroup provides input and guidance for NACCHO's Land Use and Community Design program related to land use planning, smart growth, planning and linking land use decisions to traditional environmental health concerns.

Membership: Local health officials, planning professionals, environmental health professionals, environmental health directors.

Time Commitment: At least one in-person meeting, regular conference calls, participation in national meetings if funding and opportunity are available. In addition, review of documents and participation in judging model practices will be required throughout the year. Appointment is for a two-year term with an option for reappointment to a second two-year term.

Food Safety Workgroup provides input and guidance for NACCHO's Food Safety programs including demonstration sites, federal regulations, and other issues linking food safety with other public health practices.

Membership: Local health officials, sanitarians, environmental health professionals, environmental health directors.

Time Commitment: At least one in-person meeting, regular conference calls and work in between meetings. In addition, review of documents and participation in judging model practices will be required throughout the year. Appointment is for a two-year term with an option for reappointment to a second two-year term.

Mosquito Workgroup provides input and guidance for NACCHO's Mosquito program in conjunction with ASTHO to provide effective tools and resources for local health departments around mosquito control and abatement.

Membership: Local health officials, vector control specialists, environmental health specialists, environmental health directors.

Time Commitment: At least one in-person meeting, regular conference calls and work in between meetings. In addition, review of documents and participation in judging model practices will be required throughout the year. Appointment is for a two-year term with an option for reappointment to a second two-year term.

Community Environmental Health Assessment (CEHA) Workgroup provides guidance and direction to NACCHO's Community Environmental Health Assessment and PACE EH projects. This group will help to continue to provide technical assistance to PACE EH sites around the country, help in the development of tools and resources specific to community environmental health assessment issues, and help NACCHO to better link all recommended assessment tools.

Membership: Local health officials, CEHA facilitators, CEHA lead staff, environmental health professionals.

Time Commitment: At least one in-person meeting, regular conference calls (monthly or quarterly dependent upon work load). In addition, review of documents and participation in judging model practices will be required throughout the year. Appointment is for a two-year term with an option for reappointment to a second two-year term.

National Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) Workgroup provides guidance and input to NACCHO's EPHT program and works with NACCHO and CDC to develop tools and resources for local health departments that link the National CDC program to work that is being undertaken at the local level.

Membership: Local health officials, IT specialists, environmental health professionals, data specialists.

Time Commitment: At least one in-person meeting, regular conference calls, and work in between meetings. In addition, review of documents and participation in judging model practices will be required throughout the year. Appointment is for a two-year term with an option for reappointment to a second two-year term.

Public Health Infrastructure and Systems Essential Services Committee will cover issues such as local health department research, informatics, accreditation, assessment and strategic planning, and performance standards. In addition, participants will be involved in the development of policy statements, address emerging issues not being addressed by workgroups, address gaps in the strategic plan, and provide guidance to and act as a sounding board for the workgroups.

Membership: Local health officials or the local health department designee to NACCHO.

Time Commitment: The committee will meet quarterly via conference call and most business will be conducted via phone and/or e-mail. An in-person meeting may occur at the NACCHO Annual Conference if necessary. Appointment is for a two-year term with an option for reappointment to a second two-year term.

Public Health Informatics Workgroup oversees NACCHO's activities related to improving and strengthening the information technology capacity of local health departments.

Membership: Local health officials and programmatic health department staff interested in information technology. External representatives are recruited as well.

Time Commitment: The annual time commitment for this workgroup includes two in-person meetings, once-a-month conference calls, and moderate between meeting work. In addition, review of documents and participation in judging model practices will be required throughout the year. Appointment is for a two-year term with an option for reappointment to a second two-year term.

Mobilizing for Action Through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) Workgroup follows MAPP through development, implementation, and evaluation; to capture lessons learned from users; to provide NACCHO and partners with recommendations for modifications to the model; to promote MAPP as a tool; to serve as ombudsmen (liaisons) for MAPP use across a variety of public health jurisdictions.

Membership: Local health officials and other health department staff with experience in MAPP/National Public Health Performance Standards Program (or MAPP only) process. External representatives are recruited as well.

Time Commitment: The Workgroup will meet two times a year in person and once-a-month by telephone. In addition, members participate as speakers in at least one training/conference session each year. The workgroup is more than an advisory group, though efforts are made to ensure that the time commitment is balanced with the full-time jobs of our members. Appointment is for a three-year term with an option for reappointment to a second term.

Standing Committees

Bylaws Committee annually reviews the NACCHO Bylaws, drafts, and proposes amendments to the Board, and reviews all submitted proposed amendments for proper language and consistency with the current Bylaws.

Membership: Local health officials.

Time Commitment: The annual time commitment for this committee includes two conference calls and minimal between meeting work. Appointment is for a two-year term with an option for reappointment to a second two-year term.

Finance Committee, in conjunction with the Executive Director, prepares the annual budget for the Association and completes a quarterly review of the Association's financial status. The committee also recommends the audit firm for NACCHO, reviews the annual audit and administrative recommendations received from the annual independent audit, and reports the findings and recommendations to the Board of Directors.

Membership: Local health officials.

Time Commitment: The annual time commitment for this committee includes one in-person meeting, five conference calls, several hours preparing for each meeting and conference call, and minimal between meeting work. Appointment is for a two-year term with an option for reappointment to a second two-year term.

Membership and SACCHO Relations Committee actively participates in membership recruitment campaigns, both by phone and in-person, and advises staff on ways to increase our active membership and help NACCHO better serve members.

Membership: Local health officials and State Association of County and City Health Officials' representatives

Time Commitment: The annual time commitment for this committee includes one in-person meeting, eight conference calls, and moderate to substantial between-meeting work. Appointment is for a two-year term with an option for reappointment to a second two-year term.

Nominations Committee manages the NACCHO nominations and elections processes, soliciting and recruiting candidates for Vice President, Forum Chairs, Vice Chairs, and Board members, who are broadly representative of the active membership.

Membership: Local health officials.

Time Commitment: The annual time commitment for this committee includes four to five conference calls, and moderate between meeting work. Appointment is for a two-year term with an option for reappointment to a second two-year term.


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Conference: November 3-5, 2014