Dates of Program: December 2006 to September 2014
Description: In 2005, more than a third of the nation's 2,217 local health officials had held their positions for two years or less. These new officials faced complex responsibilities that their predecessors had not. Yet no formal certification or training program existed for them. NACCHO worked with other national organizations to enable local health directors to develop five core competencies—allowing themselves and their departments to “survive and thrive” and bolster public health.
“When NACCHO offered an orientation for new health officials at one annual meeting, attendees poured out into hallways, clamoring for more.”—Pamela Russo, MD, MPH, senior program officer, RWJF