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This initiative builds partnerships to improve the ability of LHDs to use public health data to plan for local services for families affected by Zika virus. By working with partners, LHDs have a better ability to work more effectively with local, state, and federal agencies, and field assignees.
Some of the partners involved in the LHD Initiative include the following:
- American Academy of PediatricsExternal
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists External
- Association of Public Health Laboratories External
- Association of State and Territorial Health OfficialsExternal
- Association of Maternal and Child Health ProgramsExternal
- Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists External
- CityMatCH, the National Organization of Urban MCH Leaders External
- March of Dimes External
- National Association of County and City Health Officials External
The benefits of working with partners include the following:
- An integrated approach toward communication and sharing resources
- Technical assistance and support provided to field assignees to help with data collection, Zika virus testing, reporting, follow-up of infants, and outreach to the community
- Identification of new opportunities for LHDs to expand their reach within their local communities