Not quite, said APHA's Georges Benjamin and other public health leaders during a recent Capitol Hill briefing broadcast on C-SPAN.
Local health departments, or LHDs, are the backbone of community health. While their work can be seen at the ground level, scientific innovation has helped improve public health quality among the 2,800 LHDs in the U.S. today.
Public health plays a vital role in providing a health equity lens to implementation of the Affordable Care Act. APHA member Lillian Shirley, MPA, MPH, shares how Oregon has been working with community stakeholders and local health leaders to meet the needs of an entire population.
Local health officials and public health partners nationwide gathered this week for the 2012 National Association of County and City Health Officials annual conference in Los Angeles.
Increasingly dangerous shifts in climate worldwide — including an unprecedented national number of extreme weather events last year such as fatal heat waves, droughts, floods and snowstorms — are threatening the livelihoods of local communities everywhere.
Ohio has cut back on birth defect surveillance. Maryland has closed a care facility serving people with intellectual disabilities. Alabama has limited eligibility for state-supplied vaccines. These are just a few of the cuts made by state health agencies in the face of ongoing budget challenges, according to new analyses.
Health advocates raised concern on Monday about deep cuts to key public health and prevention programs included in President Barack Obama’s 2013 budget proposal.
Ongoing cuts to federal public health emergency preparedness funds have negatively affected disease detection and response programs and emergency readiness at the state and local levels, according to the ninth annual “Ready or Not” report, released today by Trust for America’s Health.
A survey of nearly 700 local health departments shows that more than half have cut services in the first six months of 2011, continuing a troubling trend that has seen local health departments shed 34,400 jobs — roughly one-fifth of their workforce — since 2008.
Lillian Shirley is director of the Multnomah County Health Department in Oregon and recently began her term as president of NACCHO. We asked her about her work, the challenges and opportunities facing public health and her goals for the year ahead. (Video image courtesy RWJF)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials’ annual conference kicked off to a great start this week in Hartford, Conn. New NACCHO President Lillian Shirley welcomed attendees and acknowledged that the meeting theme "Moving Public Health Forward in Challenging Times" wasn't a concept new to public health.