NACCHO 2011: Highlights

Jul 22, 2011, 8:18 PM, Posted by NewPublicHealth

State and local health officials gathered one last time for the closing session of NACCHO Annual 2011. The theme of the session appeared to be partnerships and collaboration on all fronts. NACCHO President Lillian Shirley urged members to communicate often with policy-makers to make their voices heard on the importance of prevention and a collaborative “health in all policies” approach, with support from NACCHO’s Congressional Action Network.

Nicole Lurie, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Department of Health and Human Services, spoke on the many lessons to be learned from the preparedness field, including leveraging public-private partnerships. Finally, John Auerbach, President of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, described the importance of collaboration between health officials at all levels. Shirley took the stage one last time to remind the crowd that, “we are a system. We are all in this together.” was on the ground throughout the conference covering workshops, general sessions and keynote speeches, as well as speaking with program speakers and conference attendees. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Telling the Stories of Local Health Departments: Every day, stories emerge of local health departments overcoming challenges and making major improvements to help people in their communities stay safe and healthy. Some inspiring stories are featured here – and other health departments are encouraged to share their stories as well.
  • Public Health Faces: Close to 1,000 public health figures, local health department staff, partners and stakeholders gathered in Hartford this week for the 2011 NACCHO conference. NewPublicHealth stopped just a few to ask them their thoughts on public health, how their departments are succeeding, and more.
  • What’s Changing in the Practice of Public Health: NACCHO President Lillian Shirley offered insights into her work as the director of the Multnomah County Health Department in Oregon, and shared her story of how she’s seen public health evolve during her time in the field.
  • Make the Most of NACCHO 2011: NPH spoke with Robert Pestronk, executive director of NACCHO, about what to expect from the sessions, and the top issues he expected to inspire dialogue at the conference.
  • NewPublicHealth Q&A: Judith Monroe: Judith Monroe of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offered her perspective on helping states do more with less, and other opportunities in public health.

>> Read full NACCHO 2011 coverage here


This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF New Public Health blog.