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April 2018

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Register Today for the 2018 Annual Conference 
August 8-10, 2018, in Raleigh, NC!

Join NALBOH at the 2018 Annual Conference! Don't miss this opportunity to join us at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree to network with NALBOH Members. This year's theme is, Boards Rally in Raleigh: Strengthening the Public Health Voice

Conference activities will provide attendees with information, skills, and resources focused on the six functions of public health governance. The conference will also provide time for attendees to learn about and share information on critical public health issues. All sessions will touch on at least one of the six functions of governance.

View our full registration brochure.  Register by June 30, 2018 and SAVE! Please be sure you are logged in to receive the member rate. 

New to a Board of Health, or Looking for an Opportunity to Learn More as a Board Member?  Attend the 2018 NALBOH Conference Pre-Conference Session! 

Join NALBOH for the 2018 Conference and attend the Pre-Conference Session, Governance 101:  Intentional Governance for Local Boards of Health.  This session will be held on August 8, 2018 from 2-5 p.m.   Whether you are a member of a local health board, council, advisory committee or other body, public health across the nation is experiencing significant transformation.  Thus, local public health leaders must consider the way they perform their work to ensure that they are performing at the highest level.  The consequences of mediocre performance can have significant impact on the health of all who live, work, go to school or recreate in our communities. Find out more about the Pre-Conference by clicking here.

President's Message from Christina Dokter

Certainly, spring is around the corner even if the flowers are still waiting to bud in your neck of the woods!  The problems that shower us will transform us into better communities with renewed strength!

We look forward to positive change-- such as new bills blooming in our communities to eradicate the opioid epidemic, or new approaches to gun control that sprout in our state and local governments. 

Join us in our annual conference August 8-10 to strengthen our public health voice, exchange ideas and share information.  Learn from those who are more experienced in public health!

We are already seeing signs that this year’s conference is attracting those eager to learn more and govern better.   Compared to last year, we have double the number of those applying for scholarships - we'll be sharing those five scholarship winners very soon!  And, the attendees are already registering!  Don’t delay—register today!

In the Atlanta area, flowers are abloom, and we were able to welcome the NALBOH Board of Directors for our annual planning meeting.  We plan to add renewed strength to NALBOH’s championing of the Six Functions of Governance.

In best health,

Christina Dokter

NALBOH Board of Directors Holds Meeting in Atlanta

NALBOH Board of Directors and Staff met in Atlanta April 18 and 19 to work and plan out short and long term goals for the Association.  Most of the plans involved improved communication and sharing of information with and amongst members.  Additionally, the board discussed plans to provide better, shorter webinars and education modules to distinguish between advisory and governing boards. 

As a short term goal, we plan to have a Q&A segment in the newsletters in which you can send questions about issues pertaining to Boards of Health, and we at NALBOH will do our best to either answer the question or point you to the right person for the answer.  Please email your questions to the NALBOH Office at nalboh@badgerbay.

Atlanta has many ethnic communities - the NALBOH Board was able to enjoy Korean community sponsored dinner (pictured above) for the Board of Directors on the 18th.  

Save the Date & Register for the 2018 Annual Conference 
August 8-10, 2018, Raleigh, NC
Featuring Our 
Keynote Presenters

Make plans now to join us for what we know will be another great conference dedicated to improving and strengthening board governance! Find out the full details on our keynote presenters by clicking here. 

Thursday, August 9 • 8:45-10 a.m. 
The Public Health Advantage: Crafting Richer Messages in a Turbulent Political Environment

Gene Matthews, JD leads a panel to discuss strengthening the public health voice through use of the Moral Foundations Theory.  More details coming soon!

Friday, August 10 • 8:15-9:15 a.m.
Kevin G Sumner
Health Officer/Director – Middle-Brook Regional Health Commission
President Elect – National Association of City and County Health Officials
Kevin Sumner is the Health Officer/Director for the Middle-Brook Regional Health Commission, a local health agency providing public health services to five municipalities in Somerset County, New Jersey with a population of 45,000.  He has been employed by the Commission for over 30 years in varying capacities including environmental health specialist, health educator, and health officer.  Mr. Sumner is a Past-President of the New Jersey Health Officers Association and has been an officer in the Association since 2004.  He is a 2006 Scholar of the Northeast Regional Public Health Leadership Institute, and recipient of the 2009 Health Officer of the Year Award and a 2016 Certificate of Recognition from New Jersey Local Boards of Health Association. 

Friday, August 10 • 12:30-1:30 p.m. 
Michael Fraser, PhD, MS, CAE, FCPP
Executive Director - Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

In August 2016, Michael Fraser began serving as the Executive Director of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. ASTHO is the national nonprofit organization representing the public health agencies of the United States, the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia, as well as the more than 100,000 public health professionals these agencies employ. ASTHO members, the chief health officials of these jurisdictions, are dedicated to formulating and influencing sound public health policy and to ensuring excellence in state‐based public health practice. Under his leadership, ASTHO received a Power of “A” Gold Award from the American Society of Association Executives for its work to develop the public health workforce through the deBeaumont Foundation’s PHWINS project.

NALBOH Webinar Co-Sponsored with the Network for Public Health Law Recording Now Available
Local Health Policy 101: Understanding Ordinances, Resolutions, and Proclamations

The slides and video playback for the webinar are now available on the Network for Public Health Law's website.

Reviewing and updating public health laws and policies is an essential part of public health. At the local level, this task falls to boards of health, health departments, city and county governments, and their legal counsel. All of the players must understand their role and their legal authority. The presenter will discuss resources and strategies for researching law and policy at the local level, and highlight examples of legal and policy innovations in small- and medium-sized communities, as well as in the nation’s largest cities. 

By attending this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Describe the role of a local board of health, health department, city/ county government, and legal counsel with regard to reviewing and updating public health laws.
  • Explain the difference between advisory authority and policy-making authority, and how differing authority might make a resolution, proclamation, or ordinance an appropriate legal tool.
  • List resources for researching local public health laws and policies.
  • Identify examples of legal and policy innovations in the areas of child poverty, healthy eating, active living, tobacco control, environmental health, and mental health in rural, suburban, and urban communities.


  • Jill Krueger, JD, Northern Region Director, The Network for Public Health Law - Northern Region Office 



  • Julie Lederhaus, Director of Education, National Association of Local Boards of Health

NALBOH Call for Nominations Now Available

NALBOH’s Nominating Committee has issued its annual call for nominations for positions on the NALBOH Board of Directors. NALBOH officers and directors serve THREE year terms that begin on January 1, 2019. The full Board plans to meet twice a year in on-site, face-to face meetings; it also meets on a quarterly basis by conference call. Executive Committee positions (NALBOH Officers) meet on a monthly basis by conference call.

The following positions are available:

  • President-Elect
  • Director at Large (2 Positions)

 All submissions are due Friday, June 15, 2018.

Find out more information and fill out the nomination form by clicking here

Never too Early to Book your Hotel Room for the Annual Conference - Don't Wait - Make Your Reservation Today!

Marriott Raleigh Crabtree Valley, Raleigh, North Carolina
Rates: $159 single/double occupancy.
Phone: 1-800-MARRIOTT
Web Reservation Link:  Book your group rate for National Association of Local Boards of Health Annual Conference 2018. 

Reservation Deadline: Tuesday, July 17

When making your reservation, tell the reservation agent that you are booking a room under the National Association of Local Boards of Health room block.

NALBOH State Leadership Committee - Get Involved and Represent your State!

SALBOH (State Association of Local Boards of Health)'s have long-time been a core component of NALBOH and it's membership. A committee of SALBOH's had been formed many years ago to continue to provide a forum for dialogue among state associations, identify and recommend resources for state associations, and help develop new state associations. NALBOH recognizes that not all states have an organized SALBOH, and would like to continue to invite further representation from other states. Please check out the State Leadership roster with most recent representation, and consider joining us as a representative to further board of health activity in your state and at the national level! All states are welcome!

The State Leadership committee meets on the 4th Monday bimonthly by conference call. Our next call is May 28th- please reach out to us or Meghan Swain, Chair, if you'd like to join us!

PHAB Webinar: Building Your Accreditation Team

Register now for PHAB’s next webinar on the topic of “Building Your Accreditation Team.” To be held May 10, 2018, from 3 – 4 p.m. Eastern Time, this PHAB webinar will provide first-hand perspectives that will assist participants to:

  • Explore various approaches to organizing the accreditation team effort within a health department,
  • Describe strategies that accredited health departments have used to build and develop an accreditation team,
  • Discuss effective strategies for engaging and developing accreditation team members; and
  • Describe the long-term value provided by a health department accreditation team.

Presenters will include PHAB staff, as well as individuals leading accreditation efforts in two local health departments: Robert Hines, Houston Department of Health and Human Services, Houston, TX; and Brittany Parker, Franklin County Health Department, Frankfurt, KY.

Click here to register.  For questions, please contact Shirley Orr,

Webinar ID: 950-852-627: This webinar will be archived on the PHAB website following broadcast.

Special Supplement to the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice Highlights the Impact of the Public Health Accreditation Board’s National Accreditation Program
Supplement Offered With Free Access on JPHMP Website

As the number of nationally accredited governmental public health departments increases, so too does the evidence base related to the impact of the Public Health Accreditation Board’s (PHAB) national accreditation program on public health. With nearly 70 percent of the U.S. population now served by a nationally accredited health department, the breadth of accreditation’s impact is captured in a special supplement to the May/June 2018 edition of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. Thanks in part to funding provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the online edition of the special supplement is being offered with free access on the Journal’s website.

Visit the Journal’s website to learn more about these studies, as well as articles about the Culture of Health, strategic planning, and community health assessments and improvement plans, among other topics. Support for this Journal supplement was provided in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The views expressed in the supplement do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation. For more information, contact Teddi Nicolaus at (703) 778-4549, ext. 118, or email 

Applications Are Open for Kresge’s Emerging Leaders in Public Health Initiative - Deadline Approaching

The Kresge Foundation’s Emerging Leaders in Public Health (ELPH) initiative is now accepting applications for the third cohort. Kresge is partnering with the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health (UNC) to recruit 20 teams of local, governmental health department leaders and provide them with the knowledge and skills to lead in today’s changing health care environment. The health officer and a second leader from the same agency team up for an 18-month, action-oriented experience designed to enhance skills and competencies in communications, business planning and leading organizational change. Each team will focus on the development and implementation of a “transformative concept” that shifts or expands the role of their local health department in the community and translates into sustainable change. Leadership teams will receive coaching and a grant up to $125,000 from The Kresge Foundation to apply their leadership training while leading their department towards assuming this new, transformative role.

The Kresge Foundation will be accepting ELPH applications from 12 a.m. ET on April 2, 2018 through 5 p.m. ET on April 30, 2018. To learn more about the selection criteria, application process, and stories of previous participants, visit and download the informational packet.

For questions, please contact the National Program Office at

Governance in Action Series Available at Discounted Rate for NALBOH Members 

Have you had some change in your board of health members? Consider taking some additional online classes to best serve your community and your department, It is time to take some action and consider refreshing and rejuvenating some of the skills that you may have learned. NALBOH is proud to share the Governance in Action for Public Health web-based course. This course is designed to orient new board of health members to the field of public health and initial strategies that boards can take to influence population health outcomes. The Michigan Public Health Training Center is proud to offer this course in partnership with NALBOH and MPHI. 

The 7-module online series draws upon the Six Functions of Public Health Governance and includes short recorded segments (10-15 min each), examples from the field, optional discussion topics, and suggested resources. You may choose to implement the course in a few ways:

  • Viewing and discussing 1-2 modules at your regular board meetings over time
  • Holding special group viewing sessions
  • Asking your board members to view the online modules on their own time

Click here for a preview of the training!

NALBOH members receive an automatic discount on their training tools. 

For more information and to register, visit this link. Contact with questions, and let them know you are a NALBOH member!

NACCHO Annual Award Categories - Consider Nominating Today!
Deadline Extended to Friday, May 4

The 2018 NACCHO Awards are live and accepting submissions. The deadline to apply for the following three awards is Friday, May 4 at 11:59 PST.

2018 National Advocate of the Year Award: (NEW!)
As part of fulfilling its mission as "the voice of local health departments," NACCHO seeks to recognize outstanding accomplishments related to advocacy and outreach to Members of the United States Congress to better health policy outcomes in calendar year 2017.

2018 Maurice "Mo" Mullet Lifetime of Service Award:
This award honors current or former local health officials for noteworthy service to NACCHO that has reflected the commitment, vigor and leadership exemplified by Mo Mullet's distinguished career.

2018 Local Health Department of the Year Award:
The Local Health Department of the Year Award is intended to recognize outstanding work conducted by local health departments around the nation. It is an opportunity to share the success of our colleagues and celebrate their achievements in the national spotlight of our annual conference.

Apply online here:

Email or call (202) 507-4250 for more information.

Other News

SAMHSA Releases 21st Century Cures Funds: This week, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the second year of funding to 50 states, four U.S. territories, and the free associated states of Palau and Micronesia, totaling $485 million to continue efforts to combat the opioid crisis.

2018 Public Health Law Conference: Register Now! Health Justice: Empowering Public Health and Advancing Health Equity? - October 4 - 6, Phoenix, AZ.

InALBOH News, Upcoming Webinar: InALBOH, in partnership with NALBOH, will host an upcoming webinar on May 3rd @ 1 p.m. Eastern: Human’s Best Friend: The Reciprocal Relationship between Human and Canine Health.

Post a News Story: We want to hear what is going on with your Board of Health! It is your chance to tell membership what you are proud of and inspire others. The NALBOH Office will approve your posting and can be included in the monthly e-News or Quarterly Newsbrief if you wish.

Member Directory: See who else is a NALBOH member across the country. Be sure to have your profile updated so others can see the most accurate information about your Board of Health. Add your Board Members if you haven't done so. This assures all of your Board of Health members have their own username/password access to free webinars, the membership directory, forums and members only information.

Website FAQs: Use this page to help manage your account information. Also, add subaccounts so all of your Board of Health members can access the website and have their own Username/Password to enjoy Members-only information. Each member of your agency is welcome to have an account to assure all access to materials! 


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