ELC Directly Funded Cities Share Resources for Addressing Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare-Associated Infections

Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) occur in about one out of every 31 hospital patients. In 2015, the last year for which data are available, this resulted in 72,000 deaths attributed to HAIs. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a major public health threat which compounds the challenge of HAIs.…

Monterey County Environmental Health Food Safety Conference: An Idea, A Leap and A Difference

By Robin Kimball, Management Analyst II, Monterey County Environmental Health Bureau Editors’ Note: NACCHO recognized Montery County’s Food Safety Conference as a 2019 Model Practice. Applications for 2020 Model Practices are open until Dec. 30, 2019. Learn more. A Big Idea The Monterey County Health…

Developing Regional Antibiograms to Monitor Resistance Patterns

Antimicrobial resistance is a growing threat to the public’s health, and local health departments (LHDs) have become increasingly involved to ensure their communities are prepared. LHDs serve as community chief health strategists and are uniquely positioned to facilitate a coordinated approach across healthcare settings, enhancing…

Improving Water Emergency Preparedness through a Tabletop Exercise

By Victoria O’Halloran, Former NACCHO Intern Local health departments are at the forefront of preparing for and responding to public health emergencies. When these events occur, local health departments work alongside local and national partners to ensure the health and safety of their communities. Recent…