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NACCHO Connect
The Local Public Health Link to the National Perspective
In This Issue
News from NACCHO
National Preparedness Month News and Resources for LHDs
Apply for NACCHO’s Model Practices Program in October
NACCHO Seeks Board Nominations for Region VIII
Advocacy and Public Affairs
NACCHO Participates in Congressional Briefing on Public Health Preparedness
Community Health Highlights
Prepare for ACA Implementation with NACCHO’s Billing Toolkit
Highlighting Community Guide Successes
Environmental Health Highlights
New Webinar on Novel and Emerging Tick-Borne Diseases
Resources for Environmental Health Advocacy
Infrastructure and Systems Highlights
NACCHO Branding Resources for LHDs
Public Health Law in NACCHO Exchange
Preparedness Highlights
Telling Your Story: The Value of Stories from the Field
Risks of Cyber Attacks Leave Health of Communities Vulnerable
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News from NACCHO
National Preparedness Month News and Resources for LHDs

September marks the tenth annual National Preparedness Month, an important reminder of the critical role local health departments (LHDs) play in preparing their communities for disaster. Throughout the month, NACCHO will share preparedness news and resources on www.naccho.org and on Twitter. Follow NACCHO »

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Apply for NACCHO’s Model Practices Program in October

The application period for NACCHO’s Model Practice Program, which honors outstanding LHD practices, is Oct. 1–31. A webinar on Sept. 17, 12:00–1:00 PM EDT, will review this year’s application and demonstrate the application process. Learn more »

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NACCHO Seeks Board Nominations for Region VIII

NACCHO is seeking nominations to fill an open seat on NACCHO’s board of directors. NACCHO members who are LHD chief executive officers in the states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, or Wyoming are eligible. Nominations are due Sept. 12. To learn more, e-mail Priscilla Moultrie »

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Advocacy and Public Affairs
NACCHO Participates in Congressional Briefing on Public Health Preparedness

On Aug. 15, the Alliance for Health Reform hosted the congressional briefing “Public Health Preparedness: Are We Ready for Disaster?” Panelists included Jack Herrmann, NACCHO's Senior Advisor and Chief of Public Health Preparedness, who discussed the LHD role in preparedness and explained how budget cuts have affected local preparedness efforts. View the recording »

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Community Health Highlights
Prepare for ACA Implementation with NACCHO’s Billing Toolkit

NACCHO’s Billing for Clinical Services Toolkit can help LHDs understand how to initiate or expand billing for reimbursable services as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is implemented. Learn more »

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Highlighting Community Guide Successes

NACCHO encourages LHDs that have successfully implemented recommendations from The Guide to Community Preventive Services to fill out a short from and share their experience with other health departments. For more information, e-mail Brandie Adams »

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Environmental Health Highlights
New Webinar on Novel and Emerging Tick-Borne Diseases

NACCHO, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials will present a webinar on Sept. 18, 12:00–1:30 PM EDT, highlighting novel and emerging tick-borne pathogens. The webinar will feature information on surveillance and clinical features and include time for questions. Learn more »

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Resources for Environmental Health Advocacy

NACCHO has developed several policy statements on environmental health issues to help LHD leaders and staff articulate public health positions to decision-makers. The three most recently approved policy statements are on the role of LHDs in food safety, foodborne disease outbreak response, and the impacts of hydraulic fracturing. Learn more »

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Infrastructure and Systems Highlights
NACCHO Branding Resources for LHDs

NACCHO recommends that LHDs use branding practices to differentiate their role and function from other health groups and providers in their communities. A new set of tools describes how to build a stronger LHD brand and breaks down the process into manageable steps. Learn more »

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Public Health Law in NACCHO Exchange

The summer issue of NACCHO Exchange includes national-level information and local examples of using law to benefit public health practice. The issue covers federal lobbying restrictions, administrative preparedness, reducing sugar-sweetened beverage consumption, the role of public health law in accreditation, and more. Learn more »

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Preparedness Highlights
Telling Your Story: The Value of Stories from the Field

NACCHO will host the webinar “Telling Your Story: The Value of Stories from the Field” on Sept. 13, 1:00–2:00 PM EDT (please note the date change). Viewers will discover why telling stories about LHD public health preparedness is vital for advocacy and learn about a new storytelling resource from NACCHO. Register today »

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Risks of Cyber Attacks Leave Health of Communities Vulnerable

NACCHO staff authored an article in the Center for Infrastructure Protection Report highlighting the effects of cyber attacks on local public health. Review the article to learn about federal developments in cybersecurity and how these developments impact LHDs. Learn more »

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