Telling the Stories of Local Health Departments

Jul 19, 2011, 5:19 PM, Posted by

Every day, stories emerge of local health departments doing more with less and making major improvements to help people in their communities stay safe and healthy. In some cases, a department’s innovation may focus on efficiency and effectiveness, while in others it may be striving to broaden its reach by engaging other sectors in a community.

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are looking to capture as many stories as we can to illustrate the current landscape of public health, particularly in these challenging times. We are looking for anecdotes from the front lines about health departments’ successes – large and small – and for emerging best practices to maximize limited resources to have the greatest possible impact.

Share your stories here. We encourage all who work in and care about local public health to seize this opportunity to amplify your voice, as we work collectively to help chart the future of the field. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • How are you doing more with less?
  • Have you instituted changes that might provide a model for other health departments?
  • How are you using partnerships to improve the health of your community?
  • How has a quality improvement project helped you meet your goals?

Leave a comment below and share with others the great work that you’ve been doing.

>> Read full NACCHO 2011 coverage here

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