NACCHO recognizes the many partners that work with NACCHO and our members. These partners contribute collaboration and financial support. Together we work to advance local public health. This section contains selected news and resources that are of use to local health departments from our partners.
In the Spotlight
Is your community taking bold steps to create a culture of health? Tell us how by applying for the annual RWJF Roadmaps to Health Prize. Prize-winning communities each receive $25,000 to honor their outstanding efforts to help people live healthier lives.
Interested communities are invited to listen to a recorded webinar to learn about the prize, including how to apply and how winners will be chosen. Listen to the webinar here. Phase I applications are due on May 23, 2013 and can be found here. More »
A Message from NACCHO Executive Director Robert Pestronk
A Message to Local Health Organizations
Every so often a conference is held which is significant because of the content under discussion, the timing of the session, or the unified call to action which arises from a collective sense of mission. I attended a meeting recently which meets all three criteria, and the implications, I believe, are worth sharing with you.
On November 12th and 13th, The Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC) convened an invitational meeting that included academic health center leaders, state and local public health officials, including many NACCHO staff and constituents. The meeting's purpose was to develop strategies for academic health centers to improve the health of the communities they serve by more fully addressing the social determinants of health in all their mission areas. A unique focus of the meeting was the development of strategic partnerships with the governmental public health community.
Meeting participants identified several options for AAHC to move forward, including developing a strategic communications plan for the initiative, means of facilitating more collaboration between academic health center leadership, public health officials and other stakeholders, and advocating for changes in healthcare payments. AAHC and the social determinants planning committee have held an initial post-meeting conference call and are assessing the various ideas and suggestions made by meeting participants to prioritize the path forward. One suggestion of the planning committee is for AAHC to ask its member institutions, if they have not yet done so, to identify key local/state health officials and consider scheduling an introductory meeting with the appropriate senior academic health center leadership.
I wanted to alert you that you may be contacted by your local University, and I encourage you to take the call. If you are uncertain if you have an AAHC member in your region, you can find the full membership roster at: www.aahcdc.org
I’ve asked David Dyjack, NACCHO’s Associate Executive Director for Programs to respond to any questions, insights, or concerns. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CDC Vital Signs Program
Prescription Drug Overdose by Methadone
Each month the CDC Vital Signs Program releases a call-to-action on an important public health topic using the latest available data. This month’s topic is Prescription Drug Overdose by Methadone. Find out more about this topic below:
Availability of Medicare Data for Performance Measurement
Organizations interested in applying to the Qualified Entity Certification Program for Medicare Data are encouraged to visit www.QEMedicareData.org. Applications will be accepted beginning January 9. There is no deadline for submitting applications for certification as a Qualified Entity. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
CDC Grant Funding Information Available
Find information about grant funding CDC provides to each state and the program and dollar amounts for each of the grants at http://projectreporter.nih.gov/reporter.cfm.