National Association of County and City Health Officials
NACCHO’s members are the 2,800 local health departments across the United
States. NACCHO’s vision is health, equity, and security for all people in
their communities through public health policies and services. The
organization provides resources to help local health department leaders
develop public health policies and programs to ensure that communities have
access to the vital programs and services people need to keep them protected
from disaster and disease. NACCHO offers local health departments a national
platform for raising awareness of the role and perceived value of
governmental public health; it advocates on behalf of local health
departments with federal policymakers for adequate resources, appropriate
public health legislation, and sensible policies to address the myriad of
challenges facing communities.
NACCHO’s work includes the following:
1) Community Health topics such as: chronic disease prevention, tobacco
control, health and disability, infectious disease prevention and
control, immunization, injury prevention, maternal and child health,
adolescent health, and health equity.
2) Environmental health topics such as: the public health effects of climate
change, food safety, environmental health tracking and assessment, and
3) Public health infrastructure and systems topics such as: accreditation
and quality improvement, community health status indicators, public
health informatics, performance standards, public health law, and
regionalization of public health services.
4) Public health preparedness topics such as: local readiness for pandemic
influenza, Medical Reserve Corps, Project Public Health Ready, and the
strategic national stockpile.
NACCHO is governed by a 27-member Board of Directors, comprising local and
tribal health officials from across the country elected by their peers, and
including ex officio members representing the National Association of
Counties, of which NACCHO is an affiliate, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
NACCHO’s mission is to be a leader, partner, catalyst, and voice for local
health departments in order to ensure the conditions that promote health and
equity, combat disease, and improve the quality and length of all lives.