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Press Release - 9/9/08


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 9/9/2008
Contact Becky Wexler
 
Three Public Health Leaders Named to New Executive Board

Washington, D.C. (September 9, 2008)--

Gary Cox, director of the Tulsa City-County Health Department, formally assumed the duties of President of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) today at the Association's annual meeting in Sacramento, California. Also assuming office were Bruce Dart, director of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department in Lincoln, Neb., as President-Elect, and Carol Moehrle, district director of the North Central District Health Department in Lewiston, Idaho, as Vice-President.

A longtime advocate for pressing public health issues, Cox has led the Tulsa Health Department since 1994. Cox has dedicated his career to improving public health, raising the level of awareness about health issues and seeking broad based support for public health initiatives. He is a past president of several organizations, including the Oklahoma Public Health Association, the Indian Nations Council of Governments, and Community Health Net. Cox also served on the Oklahoma City National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT) Emergency Responder Advisory Panel. Additionally, Cox served on the Community-Based Participatory Prevention Research Grant Review Panel for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He also serves on the Steering Committee for the Healthiest Nation Alliance.  

"It is an honor and privilege to serve as President of such a highly regarded association dedicated to providing national leadership to work with local health departments and others to improve health outcomes in our country," said Cox.

Cox received his law degree from the University of Tulsa and was previously legal counsel for the Health Department, as well as adjunct professor of environmental law at the University of Tulsa. He is also a visiting Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma, College of Public Health.

During the 14 years that Cox has been Tulsa's health director, his goals have been to promote good health for the County's 570,000 residents. His priorities have been to form and support partnerships to achieve optimal health for all, advocate for a comprehensive system that prioritizes prevention, protects people and communities from emerging threats and provides health care for every member of the community.

As director of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, NACCHO President-Elect Dart manages a local public health agency serving over 275,000 Nebraskans. He has served as president of Nebraska's public health association and on numerous state and local public health/health services committees focusing on community health and health care access issues. He is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist and was formerly Nebraska Environmental Health Administrator of the Year. Dart received his MS in Administration (Health Services) from Central Michigan University and his PhD in Health Services from Walden University.

Idaho's Moehrle has led her five-county Public Health District in North Central Idaho, which covers a population of approximately 110,000, for 16 years. She has been active with the NACCHO since 1992, serving as County Forum Chair and sitting on the NACCHO Executive Board and Board of Directors. Moehrle also serves on the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), as well as the Board of the National Association of Counties (NACo), where she is chair of NACo's Public Health and Environment Subcommittee.

NACCHO is the national organization representing the nation's nearly 3,000 local health departments. These agencies work every day on the front lines to protect and promote the health of their communities. NACCHO develops resources and programs and promotes national policies that support effective local public health practice.

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Becky Wexler
(301) 652-1558