NACCHO has released our recommendations for the next President and the 115th Congress, which begins in January. In these recommendations, NACCHO highlights 4 overarching goals:
- Strengthen and modernize the governmental public health system, so that federal public health agencies and state and local governmental public health departments work effectively together, using the unique and complementary powers and capacities at each level of government to provide a seamless, efficient, and accountable system that protects health and improves overall quality of life.
- Prepare and quickly respond to ever-present public health emergencies and threats by ensuring robust and sustained funding for public health emergency preparedness activities as well as surge funding to support an immediate response. While disease outbreaks and other public health incidents are inevitable, if addressed early, many adverse consequences can be prevented. Funding and support delivered at the right time can and has saved lives.
- Transition the health care system to focus on population health improvement that results in optimal health for all residents and moves the United States towards being the healthiest nation. Such a system will place its highest priority on prevention and eliminate inequities in health status, in part through providing access to health care for every person.
- Improve health for all Americans by recognizing and acting on the knowledge that many of the factors that influence health status are outside the traditional health care system.