Partner Profiles: National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
The mission of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) 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.
The NACCHO is the national non-profit organization representing local public health agencies (including city, county, metro, district, and Tribal agencies).
The history of NACCHO dates back to the 1960s, with the formation of the National Association of County Health Officials (NACHO), an independent affiliate of the National Association of Counties. As the U.S. federal, state and local public health systems continued to expand, NACHO combined with the U.S. Conference of Local Health Officers, an organization affiliated with the United States Conference of Mayors, to form NACCHO in 1994. This unified organization more closely represents all governmental local health departments, including counties, cities, city/counties, districts, and townships. In 2001, NACCHO expanded its scope to include Tribal public health agencies serving Tribal communities on reservation lands. Today, active membership in NACCHO continues to grow with 1,300 local health departments, serving 75 percent of the U.S. population.
NACCHO provides education, information, research, and technical assistance to local health departments and facilitates partnerships among local, state, and federal agencies in order to promote and strengthen public health.
In June 2003, NACCHO became an official partner of CDC's National Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) Network. NACCHO's goal is to improve the capacity of local health departments (LHDs) to conduct environmental public health tracking (EPHT) activities. NACCHO's participation in this important collaborative effort is to support the national EPHT program by providing local public health perspectives and communicating how EPHT can reinforce the work of local public health.
The main objectives for NACCHO include:
- Promoting and increasing the knowledge base of local environmental and public health professionals of the nationwide initiative on the tracking of environmental public health data; Ensuring that local public health perspectives and needs are addressed in the creation of a national tracking network;
- Communicating lessons learned and model practices to local public health officials; and
- Enhancing the collaboration between public health agencies, environmental agencies, partner agencies, and other organizations in order to improve the efficacy of the EPHT program.
For more information on NACCHO’s tracking program and other NACCHO resources, visit:
- Environmental Public Health Tracking Project
Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health
Jennifer Li, MHS
Program Manager, Environmental Health
National Association of County and City Health Officials
1100 17th Street, 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 507-4242
Fax: (202) 783-1583