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Pestronk Retired in February 2015 as NACCHO Executive Director

During a NACCHO Board meeting in August, Bobby Pestronk announced his plans to retire in February 2015. “This followed discussion earlier in the year with NACCHO’s officers and Executive Committee,” reports NACCHO President Georgia Heise, “The Board accepted this news with regret, recognizing Bobby for his devoted service to NACCHO and expressing thanks for notice which affords the Board ample time to choose NACCHO’s next Executive Director.” 

The Executive Committee of NACCHO’s Board served as the Search Committee and work with an outside firm to assist with the process. Bobby said, “Among the most satisfying aspects of my time as Executive Director have been the feedback from local health department staff about the value of assistance and representation NACCHO provides; the quality of NACCHO’s engagement with funders and partners; and, the way in which NACCHO staff has regularly and successfully worked together to meet the many challenges faced in a rapidly changing environment.” In a note to NACCHO staff to alert them of his plans, Bobby noted that NACCHO’s success “…is the result of your work. I am confident that over the next six months and beyond, with your assistance and passion, we will see continued progress towards our vision of health, equity, and security for all people in their communities as a leader, partner, catalyst and voice with local health departments.” 

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NACCHO’s members are the 2700 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 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 HasbrouckA graduate of the University of California-Berkeley’s School of Public Health, UCLA School of Medicine (Charles R. Drew-UCLA Program), and the New York-Presbyterian Hospital’s Internal Medicine Residency Program, Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck is currently the executive director of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) in Washington, DC. NACCHO is the national non-profit organization that represents the country’s nearly 2,800 local health departments. As the executive director, Hasbrouck leads the association’s mission to be a leader, partner, catalyst, and voice for local health departments to ensure the conditions that promote health and equity, combat disease, and improve the quality and length of all lives.

Prior to joining NACCHO, Dr. 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 $600M. He collaborated with nearly 100 local health departments to protect the health and improve the lives of the state’s 13 million residents. Among Hasbrouck’s achievements as director, he developed a five-year strategy, implemented various aspects of the Affordable Care Act, applied for voluntary national accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board, and built successful partnerships to pass a state cigarette tax increase. Hasbrouck also led the development of statewide blueprints for health workforce expansion and population health-healthcare integration, two key initiatives of the Governor’s Office for Health Innovation and Transformation.

Prior to his appointment as the “Top Doc” for Illinois, Hasbrouck was Public Health Director of Ulster County, and the only county official in New York State to simultaneously lead both the public health and mental health departments. Before that, he spent 11 years with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the nation’s premier public health agency, where his impressive record of service included co-authoring the first Surgeon General’s Report on Youth Violence (2001) and the active engagement in 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), where he served in a diplomatic assignment as the CDC Director in Guyana, South America.

Formerly, Hasbrouck served on faculties of medicine or public health at Emory University, Morehouse College, New York Medical College, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a diplomat with the American Board of Internal Medicine, a former epidemic intelligence service officer at the CDC, and primary care health policy fellow at the Department of Health and Human Services, Heath Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). He has received numerous awards for his governmental and non-governmental work.