NACCHO Advocates for Zika Funding at Capitol Hill Event

On September 7, 2016, Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, NACCHO Executive Director, delivered an impassioned address in the U.S. Capitol Building in support of a bipartisan Zika funding bill. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) requested NACCHO’s representation at the media briefing.

Dr. Hasbrouck began his remarks expressing the need for a coordinated national response of federal resources and funding delivered to state and local health departments to fight Zika. He stressed the impact on NACCHO’s members.

“I cannot overemphasize the concept of localness because it is the local health departments that are in fact delegated the authority and responsibility to respond locally like in Miami- Dade County,” said Hasbrouck. “We are the ones on the front lines vaccinating for H1N1, using our quarantine power around Ebola and now mosquito response and control for Zika. So the money and the resources have to make it to the local level where the rubber meets the road.”

Read the full overview of the address on the NACCHO website, here.

About Kim Rodgers

Kim Rodgers serves as a Communications Specialist at NACCHO. Her work includes promoting local health departments' best practices, as well as partner tools and resources, in infectious disease and preparedness through NACCHO's communications channels, storytelling, and outreach to various audiences.

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