World AIDS Day 2016: Local Health Department Leadership, Commitment, and Impact

The U.S. Government theme for World AIDS Day 2016 is “Leadership. Commitment. Impact.” These themes resonate strongly with the work local health departments (LHDs) do every day to address HIV in their communities. LHDs are key leaders in providing and assuring access to HIV prevention,…

Reflections from the National Academies Meeting on Improving Population Health

By Mukti Kulkarni, MD, NACCHO Prevention Health Policy Resident With so many fiscal challenges, how can local health departments secure sources of perpetual funding for their vital work in advancing population health? On October 19, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on…

Keeping it Safe for the Holidays

My first read of the morning is always the Food Safety News (FSN) e-newsletter. Started by Bill Marler, one of the most prominent and powerful food-safety attorneys in the country, FSN is a rich compendium of information warning readers about food recalls, foodborne illness outbreaks,…

PH3.0: A Challenge for the Nation, a Charge for Public Health

As the nation’s local public health departments begin to consider what Public Health 3.0 (PH3.0) will mean for their missions in addressing the full range of factors that influence a person’s overall health and well-being — in short, the social determinants of health — NACCHO recommends…