National Association of County and City Health Officials
National Association of County and City Health Officials
1100 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Robert M. Pestronk, MPH
Associate Executive Director
Lori Tremmel Freeman, MBA
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is the national membership organization representing the nation’s 2,800 local governmental public health departments (LHDs). As a leader, partner, catalyst, and voice for LHDs ensuring the conditions that promote health and equity, combat disease, and improve the quality and length of all lives, NACCHO helps LHDs continuously improve their work and workforce, infrastructure, and services to their communities through a variety of technical assistance and tools.
Selected OSTLTS-funded projects
- Advisory groups and state associations of county and city health officials: NACCHO engages LHDs through a network of over 40 advisory groups, which identify opportunities and challenges facing LHDs and develop policy statements and recommendations that guide public health practice. NACCHO supports state associations of county and city health officials (SACCHOs) which represent LHDs or local health officials at the state level. SACCHOs often host regular meetings of local public health officials and are very involved with local public health issues at the state level.
- Conference management: NACCHO’s conferences, trainings, and meetings provide an interactive setting for LHD officials, staff, and their public health partners nationwide to examine strategies to improve health, share ideas, and plan actions necessary for public health leaders to create and grow a forward-looking vision for the role of LHDs. Conferences include the NACCHO Annual Conference, Informatics Conference, Public Health Preparedness Summit, and Integrated Medical, Public Health, Preparedness and Response Training Summit.
- Database management: NACCHO provides up-to-date information to LHDs, federal, and other partners by maintaining an effective and highly trafficked electronic information and communication system. Its database provides a platform for the development and maintenance of NACCHO’s online abstract and peer-review process, publications sales, and event registration all through a single sign-on process. The database allows for the creation of queries and reports to support LHDs and also facilitates importing, managing, and maintaining the data stored within the system. The database also allows for the creation of robust online applications and tools that meet the needs of LHDs and NACCHO staff.
- Emerging issues: NACCHO periodically synthesizes existing internal and external information sources to strategically select priority emerging issues on which to focus or recommend focus to others. These sources include daily news about the public health system, and other publications and media in coordination with expertise from LHDs, CDC, and other key partners. These syntheses guide investment in emerging issues and integration of emerging issue topics into ongoing activities.
- Media and public affairs: Some of NACCHO’s most common public affairs strategies and tactics increase the visibility of LHD achievements and activities. NACCHO regularly distributes web-accessible, user-friendly resources; engages print, social, and electronic media; and identifies messaging and engagement opportunities.
- Model practices: NACCHO's Model Practice Program collects, honors, and recognizes outstanding local public health practices from across the nation and shares and promotes these practices among LHDs.
- Public health ethics: NACCHO is working with CDC to build public health ethics awareness and application among LHDs. NACCHO also seeks to increase opportunities for LHD participation in CDC’s development of public health ethics tools, trainings, and resources for health officials. Activities include promotion of tools and resources to LHDs, engagement of LHDs in the growing public health ethics community, and maintenance of a network of individual local health officials applying public health ethics.
- Publications: Developed with strong involvement from LHDs, NACCHO ensures a practice-relevant approach to making information, practical field-tested tools, and innovative model public health practices easily accessible. Resources include training programs, peer assistance programs, career postings, event calendars, electronic list services, teleconferences, and webinars. NACCHO uses traditional print publications as well as e-publications to promote its own resources, services, and activities and those of CDC and other public health partners.
- Research and evaluation: NACCHO provides up-to-date information about LHD infrastructure and activities and contributes to the evidence base for public health by conducting a variety of assessment and surveillance activities. NACCHO conducts surveys, key informant interviews, focus groups, and other data collection activities; analyzes the data collected; and communicates the findings to a variety of audiences to ensure strategic decision-making about the nation’s local governmental public health departments.
- Toolbox: NACCHO provides LHD staff with a centralized location to share and find tools to help in their work. NACCHO Toolbox is a free, easily accessible, online collection of local public health tools produced by members of the public health community. Materials and resources within the Toolbox can be used by public health professionals and other external stakeholders to inform and improve their work in the promotion and advancement of public health objectives.
- Website: NACCHO’s website provides LHD staff with public health information and interactive resources. Each year, NACCHO conducts a usability study to assess the site and to recommend improvements. The website contains a public area and offers the ability to segment certain content by users upon login. The My NACCHO collaboration site allows CDC, LHDs, other partners, and NACCHO staff to collaborate on documents, share a calendar, and post announcements.
- Workforce development: NACCHO supports research and program efforts for federal, state, and local-level activities that ultimately improve service delivery and community health outcomes by focusing on six key workforce areas: 1) coordinated local, state, and national workforce development; 2) support for and development of a competent and capable LHD workforce; 3) ensuring that LHD workforce supply meets the needs of local communities; 4) support for and development of an efficient and effective public health workforce; 5) development of committed and skilled local public health workforce leadership; and 6) development of evidence-based public health workforce practice.