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About NACCHO


About NACCHO

NACCHO’s members are the 2,800 local health departments across the United States.

NACCHO’s vision is health, equity, and security for all people in their communities through public health policies and services. NACCHO’s mission is to be a leader, partner, catalyst, and voice for local health departments in order to ensure the conditions that promote health and equity, combat disease, and improve the quality and length of all lives.

NACCHO is governed by a 27-member Board of Directors, comprising local and tribal health officials from across the country elected by their peers, and including ex officio members representing the National Association of Counties, of which NACCHO is an affiliate, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

NACCHO's Work

NACCHO's media relations staff can connect you with spokespeople who can provide a timely local health department perspective on a wide range of public health issues and NACCHO's work including the following:

  • Community Health topics such as chronic disease prevention, tobacco control, health and disability, infectious disease prevention and control, immunization, injury prevention, maternal and child health, adolescent health, and health equity.
  • Environmental Health topics such as the public health effects of climate change, food safety, environmental health tracking and assessment, and environmental justice.
  • Public Health Infrastructure and Systems topics such as: accreditation and quality improvement, community health status indicators, public health informatics, performance standards, public health law, and regionalization of public health services.
  • Public Health Preparedness topics such as local readiness for pandemic influenza, Medical Reserve Corps, Project Public Health Ready, and Strategic National Stockpile.
 
 
Executive Director, LaMar Hasbrouck, MD, MPH

Dr LaMar HasbrouckDr. LaMar Hasbrouck—a physician with public health experience at the local, state, national and international level—has served as executive director of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) since February 2015. NACCHO is a leader, partner, catalyst and voice for the 2,800 local health departments in the United States, and promotes health, equity and security for all Americans.

Hasbrouck has reorganized NACCHO to make the association more effective and responsive to its members, and to make NACCHO more strategically nimble and innovative. He led the effort to launch the Foundation for the Public's Health, which works to build a culture of sustainable philanthropy to benefit local health departments and the people they serve. He has worked to strengthen NACCHO's relations with Congress, federal agencies and other organizations dealing with public health. He has raised the profile of NACCHO and its members in the media to increase public awareness of the important role that local health departments play.

Immediately before the NACCHO Board of Directors appointed him as executive director. Hasbrouck was the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, where he managed an agency with 1,100 staff, 200 programs and an annual budget of more than $600 million. He developed a five-year strategy for the department, implemented aspects of the Affordable Care Act, led agency to national accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board, and built successful partnerships to win enactment of a state cigarette tax increase. Hasbrouck also led the development of statewide blueprints for health workforce expansion and population health-healthcare integration. Earlier, Hasbrouck was public health director of Ulster County in New York, and the only county official in the state to simultaneously lead both the public health and mental health departments.

Hasbrouck spent 11 years with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the nation's premier public health agency. He served as a member of the CDC's Epidemic Intelligence Service, commonly referred to as the Central Intelligence Agency for diseases. In 2001 he co-authored the first Surgeon General's Report on Youth Violence. He also worked on two of the largest global health initiatives in history: polio eradication with the World Health Organization and the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). In the latter position he served in a diplomatic assignment as the CDC director in Guyana in South America. At the CDC Hasbrouck also worked in Bangladesh, Haiti, Jamaica, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Switzerland, Uganda and Vietnam. In earlier federal service, Hasbrouck was a primary care health policy fellow at the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In the 1990s, Hasbrouck was an assistant professor and attending physician at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. He has also served on faculties of medicine or public health at Morehouse College, New York Medical College, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a diplomat with the American Board of Internal Medicine. Over the course of his career, Hasbrouck has published numerous scientific articles, reports and book chapters, and has won many awards and honors.