UNE Attends NACCHO Public Health Conference 2016
NACCHO’s Annual Conference, the largest gathering of local health department leaders and other public health professionals in the US, was held in Phoenix in late July this year.
UNE attended as an exhibitor in order to add value to the conference conversation, network with fellow public health professionals, and learn more about the latest public health topics. It was w
onderful to see many familiar faces from last year.
The conference is always a great opportunity for local health department staff, partners, and individuals interested in local public health to share their latest research and ideas, and test their assumptions about the issues and topics around local public health.
The theme of the NACCHO public health conference this year was “Cultivating a Culture of Health Equity,” reflecting one of their core policies of recognizing violence as a public health issue. The conference was yet another instance of how NACCHO acts as a resource for local health departments so they can work to protect and improve community safety. Many of the sessions focused on reducing and eliminating the root causes of the uneven distribution of illness, disease, injury and death in communities across the country.
During the conference, session presenters shared practical information, key learnings, and various other resources. The aim of the sessions was to help shape the future of public health through disease prevention and intervention, wellness promotion, elimination of health inequities, and expanded leadership capacity within local health communities.
Meeting the needs of public health officials
In general, NACCHO public health conferences are designed to address the needs and concerns of local health officials and public health partners from all geographic regions of the nation. They are a learning and networking opportunity as well as an opportunity to share perspectives and engage in dialogue on common public health practice issues.
Attendees of NACCHO represented a good cross section of the public health community and included representatives from local health departments, senior health officials and staff, state public health departments, government agencies, nonprofits, and other schools of public health.
It was a pleasure to play a role in such a great conference, and to engage with so many local public health officials. We look forward to next year!
To learn more about the public health program at University of New England, please visit online.une.edu/public-health