In the Spotlight
On June 25, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced six winners of this year's RWJF Culture of Health Prize. The prize honors the efforts and accomplishments of communities undertaking innovative and inspiring work to create a culture in which every resident has an opportunity to live a healthy life.
NACCHO members, Gibbie Harris of Buncombe County, NC; Gayle Harris of Durham County, NC; Art Rodriguez of Brownsville, TX; and Torney Smith of Spokane, WA, were integral parts of their communities' prize winning efforts. NACCHO is proud that their leadership, expertise, and vision have been recognized and honored nationally.
Learn more about the winners and watch video profiles of each community at www.rwjf.org/cohprize
2014 NACCHO Annual Conference
NACCHO honored the outstanding efforts and accomplishments of local health departments and public health leaders from across the country at an awards ceremony at NACCHO Annual. More»
Pictured Left: Winner, Local Health Department of the Year (Large), Chicago Public Health Department
NACCHO Receives FDA Award for Strengthening the Local Health Department Role in Retail Food Safety
On June 6th, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration awarded NACCHO its FDA Group Recognition Award for NACCHO's role in establishing and sustaining a Mentorship Program that allows a cohort of local health department leaders to learn about, share experiences, and develop tools and resources to handle food regulatory standards, and pass that learning on to their peers in other communities. More»
NACCHO Commends EPA and Calls for Swift Action to Address Climate Change Impact on Public Health
NACCHO supports regulations announced on June 2nd by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that aim to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants. These emissions make strides to decrease carbon pollution—which scientists cite as a primary cause of dangerous climate change that impacts human health—and reduce pollutants that can cause asthma attacks, heart attacks, cancer, birth defects and premature death. More »
Opinion Editorial: E-Cigarettes
On May 1st, NACCHO past president Terry Allan wrote an op-ed for Roll Call that looks at the role LHDs have played in cities and counties around e-cigarettes. The op-ed asks members of Congress on both sides to urge the FDA to move swiftly and broadly to finalize its ruling and expand its regulations. More »
Opinion Editorial: Prevention Defense
Basic health and safety protections that people take for
granted are seriously threatened by the current adverse economic conditions.
Budget cuts and job losses in industry have been big news for more than a year,
but local health departments have been hard hit, too. Read NACCHO Executive
Director Robert Pestronk's editorial on the subject, which appeared in the June
7, 2010 issue of Modern Healthcare. More»