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Planning and Evaluating a Healthy Community: HiAP in Chatham, NC

By Mike Zelek, MPH, Division Director, Health Promotion and Policy, Chatham County Public Health Department Planning for public health seems to be all the rage these days, with public health practitioners engaging partners from a range…

National Mosquito Control Awareness Week: Protect Yourself and Your Community

With the arrival of summer and Fourth of July festivities just around the corner, many people are spending more time outside. The rising temperatures invite a host of disease vectors, including mosquitoes, so proper protection…

NACCHO Assessment: Certification in Infection Control: Local Impact and Strategies for Success

Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are a persistent and growing threat to the health of communities. To meet this threat head-on, more local health departments (LHDs) are building their capacity for HAI prevention and response. Enhancing LHD…

Healthy and Safe Swimming Week Messages for Summer Safety

The summer months present a unique set of environmental health challenges for practitioners to consider. Climbing temperatures awaken a host of public health vectors (animals and insects that can transmit diseases to humans). Public pools…

Intimate Partner Violence and Disability-Specific Abuse: An Overlooked Issue and the Role of Local Health Departments

By Whitney Thurman, NACCHO Health and Disability Fellow Intimate partner violence (IPV) is defined as intentional behaviors toward an intimate partner in the form of intimidation; emotional abuse; physical, sexual, and/or psychological assault; or any…